Tooth Extraction

Why Would You Need Tooth Extraction?

Tooth extraction is usually a simple procedure, and although it doesn’t necessarily restore your smile, it removes a troublesome tooth that could make restoration more difficult, or impossible. In some cases, such as problematic wisdom teeth, a tooth can be too severely damaged or embedded to simply remove it. If so, then Dr. Nielsen may have to perform surgical tooth extraction to avoid damage to nearby oral structures.

FAQs About Tooth Extraction

When is tooth extraction recommended?

Because restorative dentistry focuses on rebuilding smiles rather than taking away from them, tooth extraction is rarely the first choice for repairing a smile. On the contrary, the procedure is usually a last resort, when no other restorative treatment is able to fix and save the tooth. Common reasons for tooth extraction include:

  • Tooth infection that is too far spread for root canal treatment
  • Teeth that are too compromised to support dental crowns
  • Teeth with cracked or fractured roots
  • Impacted wisdom teeth

Why is extracting wisdom teeth often difficult?

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, may sometimes cause problems simply by trying to erupt from the gum. Impacted wisdom teeth are those that have become impeded by adjacent molars, and may only partially erupt or not erupt at all. Extracting an impacted wisdom tooth stops it from pushing against your other teeth and causing severe discomfort and dental damage.

If my tooth is extracted, do I need to replace it?

The reason tooth extraction is a last resort is because losing a tooth can negatively impact your overall oral health. Remaining teeth can shift towards the gap and disturb your bite balance, as well as leave your teeth exposed to higher risks of tooth decay, gum disease, bruxism, and more. To prevent such issues after tooth extraction, Dr. Nielsen can recommend an appropriate replacement, such as a dental bridge or an implant-supported dental crown.