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We provide general dentistry services at our office. For specialized or more complex treatments, we will refer you to a specialist so that you may receive the best possible care for your concerns or issues.
An extraction means to have a tooth removed.
There are several conditions that require extractions:
- Diseased pulp (infection)
- Loose tooth
- Severe decay/pain
- Traumatic injury
- Tooth impaction
- Crowding (braces)
There are two types of extractions: simple and surgical. Simple extraction is removing a tooth that has fully erupted, without cutting into the gum or bone. Surgical extraction requires cutting into the gum and possibly removing some bone before the tooth can be removed, usually because it is not fully exposed or accessible.
At our office we also recommend that wisdom teeth (third molars) be extracted before they cause any complications. Wisdom teeth normally erupt during your late teens or early twenties. However, often there is not enough space in the jaw to accommodate wisdom teeth. So they may displace other teeth and cause crowding, or they may not erupt (impaction). This may cause damage to adjacent teeth and/or result in infection of the surrounding gum tissue. Also fully erupted wisdom teeth are difficult to maintain because they are so far in the back, and they are more susceptible to decay. Most cases of wisdom teeth extractions can be performed at our office, but the more difficult cases may have to be referred to an oral surgeon.