A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth, a safe and routine procedure that is no cause for worry. Sometimes it is referred to as “pulling teeth”.
Reasons for having a tooth extracted:
- The tooth is so badly decayed that it cannot be saved and the mouth would be healthier without it
- The tooth has been broken in a way that cannot be repaired
- A tooth is impacted, which means it has not properly emerged through the gums. This often happens with wisdom teeth.
- A tooth is positioned in away that it could crowd or damage other teeth
- Removal in preparation for braces or orthodontic treatment
- Very serious gum disease, called periodontitis
The procedure will be performed right in the office, or under certain circumstances, you may be referred to an oral surgeon.