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If your tooth has been damaged by decay or trauma, our dentists will try to restore it conservatively with a filling, crown and other treatment options. However, when the damage is too severe to be restored and a root canal treatment is not possible to save your tooth, your dentist may recommend extracting the tooth.
Tooth extraction is typically a short outpatient procedure performed by a dentist or an oral surgeon. Our dentists and surgeons are experts on pain management and they will make sure you feel comfortable during the entire appointment.
Other reasons for tooth extraction:
- Orthodontic treatment – There are times when there is not enough space in the jaw for all the teeth to fit in. Your orthodontist will tell you if there’s a need to create some room for teeth that are being moved in place.
- Impacted wisdom tooth – Your wisdom teeth may need to be removed if they are infected, decayed or causing pain. These are often impacted or stuck in the jaw and need to be extracted.
- Pediatric teeth development – If a baby tooth is blocking other tooth from coming in, your pediatric dentist may suggest tooth extraction. Without extraction, the permanent tooth may grow misaligned and not erupt normally.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
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Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to develop in our jaw and they come through at the back of the mouth behind the last standing teeth.
If you’re told that your wisdom teeth are “impacted”, it means that there is not enough space for them to grow into the jaw in a normal position or when they erupt at an angle or in an unexpected location.
Impacted wisdom teeth are trapped in your jaw or under your gums. They can cause pain, swelling and an infection called pericoronitis. Because of their position in the mouth, wisdom teeth are difficult to clean and you may also be constantly getting food stuck around them. Over time, your wisdom teeth may decay and even affect the adjacent teeth.
Wisdom teeth should be removed only if there is good clinical reason to do so. Your dentist will take X-rays and thoroughly examine your mouth before making any decisions.
In general, wisdom teeth need to be removed if there is unrestorable decay in the wisdom tooth, non-treatable nerve damage, cellulitis, abscess, tumors, jaw infections and damage to neighboring teeth.