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Restorations / Extraction

What is tooth extraction?

Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone.

If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, your dentist will try to fix it with a filling, crown or other treatment. Sometimes, however, there may be too much damage for the tooth to be repaired. In this case, the tooth needs to be extracted. A very loose tooth also will require extraction if it can't be saved, even with bone replacement surgery.

Common reasons for tooth extraction

  • Baby teeth
  • Orthodontic reasons (severe crowding problems)
  • Severely infected teeth which cannot be restored to healthy condition
  • Impacted teeth.
  • Wisdom teeth

Surgical Extraction

If your tooth is badly decayed or broken down, it may require a surgical extraction. This term is used when the tooth cannot be removed intact as a whole unit. Surgical extractions are common and can be accomplished safely, quickly, and easily in the hands of an experienced practitioner. During a surgical extraction the gum may be opened and tooth and bone may be cut using the handpiece to efficiently remove the diseased tooth pieces.