An extraction is when your dentist removes one or more of your teeth.
When extraction is necessary
Your dentist may extract a tooth for various reasons such as, severe decay, advanced gum disease, impaction (such as wisdom teeth) or injury beyond repair. Once your tooth is extracted, you may experience difficulty in chewing, normal jaw function and problems with your temporomandibular joints, which may affect your overall dental health. Our doctors will offer the best alternatives and replacement options to maintain overall dental health.
Two types of extraction
There are two types of extraction, a simple and a surgical. Using a local anesthetic, and an instrument called an elevator and forceps, your dentist can perform a simple extraction. During a surgical extraction, your dentist will make a small incision into your gum to remove the tooth and possibly surrounding bone. Your dentist will use a local anesthetic as well as various types of sedation to ensure your comfort.
Once a tooth has been removed, neighboring teeth may shift causing problems with chewing or with your jaw joint function. To avoid these complications, your dentist may recommend that you replace the extracted tooth.