Tooth extraction is typically performed for 1 of 2 reasons: to remove teeth damaged by trauma or decay, or to remove problematic wisdom teeth. Left alone, either problem can lead to infection of the tooth and surrounding structures, including the tooth roots, gums, soft tissue, and even the bone.
Damaged teeth can be particularly painful. Infection or trauma can impair the tooth’s pulp, made up of nerves and blood vessels that provide the tooth with nutrients, water, and stimulation. If the pulp dies, the tooth will soon follow.
While some teeth can be restored or reinforced with a crown after such damage, this is not always possible. In this situation, we will typically recommend 1 of 2 options: wait for the dead tooth to fall out, or extract it. In many cases, it is safer to wait for the tooth to fall out naturally. However, if your tooth is stuck, or if waiting presents other issues, then extraction may be the best solution.
Tooth extraction is typically performed for 1 of 2 reasons: to remove teeth damaged by trauma or decay, or to remove problematic wisdom teeth.
Wisdom teeth pose a unique problem. They are the third and final set of permanent molars to emerge, usually erupting in your late teens or early twenties. Since they come in so late, they often present serious issues.
Wisdom teeth can erupt awkwardly due to overcrowding, pushing outward to the cheeks, backward, toward neighboring teeth, or even at right angles. In some cases, space is so limited in your mouth that wisdom teeth only partially erupt, if at all.