What is a Tooth Extraction?
Tooth extraction is the removal of the entire tooth from its socket in the bone. At Eastside Dental, our dentists perform tooth extractions typically only in cases where the damaged tooth is threatening the health of your other teeth and mouth.
Common reasons for pulling a tooth include excessive tooth damage and in the case of problematic wisdom teeth. There are also scenarios where teeth are also sometimes pulled to prepare for other dental procedures.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to erupt in the back corners of a normal adult mouth, typically between 17 and 25 years of age.
This third set of teeth is not always functional and can crowd out other teeth as they develop. There are many cases in which these molars may also create problems with your oral hygiene. In these cases, your dentist may recommend removing them.
Repairing Excessive Damage
In most cases, your dentist will explore all options to save a tooth whenever possible. However, there may be circumstances, such as injury, gum disease, or excessive decay, which could require extraction.
If you have a damaged tooth that needs to be extracted, your dentist will discuss tooth replacement options with you, which may include dental bridges, dental crowns, and dentures.