We’re dedicated and committed to protecting and improving the health of your smile. In most cases, we can honor that commitment by helping you to save as many of your natural teeth as possible. However, it is sometimes necessary to remove a tooth rather than save it to improve the health of your smile.
When Is Tooth Extraction the Right Choice?
There are times when, despite our very best efforts, a tooth may be labeled as “non-restorable.” This can include a tooth with a fractured root, a tooth with extensive bone loss, a tooth that does not respond to root canal therapy, or a deeply decayed tooth. In these instances, the tooth may be more of a liability than an asset, and an extraction is recommended.
The third molars or wisdom teeth are a great example of teeth that can become more of a liability than an asset. Wisdom teeth are highly likely to become impacted, infected, poorly positioned, or decayed, and they are not typically essential to your ability to chew. Most wisdom teeth are difficult to keep clean at home, making them even more likely to contribute to unwanted dental problems. As a result, an unhealthy wisdom tooth is often slated for removal, but the ultimate decision must be made on an individual basis.
What Can You Expect?
A tooth extraction is generally considered a surgical procedure, and our team is trained to administer this higher level of dental care with great diligence and compassion. Before removing your tooth, we will confirm that you are healthy enough to tolerate the procedure and we will thoroughly review all of your other treatment alternatives.
For your comfort, we will also take some time to review your options for sedation and pain management. Our team will work to make sure that you are relaxed prior to your treatment, pain-free during the procedure and comfortable once your treatment is complete. For more detailed information, we invite you to schedule your consultation today.