is the complete removal of a primary or a permanent tooth.
An Extraction can be surgical or non-surgical. This depends
on the difficulty of the extraction and whether or not the
tooth is impacted or erupted, and whether it has straight
or curved roots.
An Extraction may be done in our office by Dr. Jacobsen or Dr. Pearson or our visiting Oral Surgeon (someone who specializes in difficult or surgical extractions). No one looks forward to an extraction, but modern anesthesia
will help keep you comfortable throughout the procedure.
Reasons for an extraction are:
- Advanced Gum Disease. This
is the #1 reason adults lose their teeth!
- An abscessed tooth that cannot
- A tooth with decay too deep
to save the tooth.
- A tooth that has broken
at the gum line and cannot be saved.
- Impacted tooth (typically a
Nothing is better than a healthy set of teeth,
and many advances in dentistry allow us to save teeth that
we could not previously, but sometimes an extraction is necessary.
When an extraction is performed, it is important
to put something in the place of the missing tooth or teeth.
If the space is just left open, your teeth will shift and
cause many unnecessary complications. An extracted tooth may
be replaced by a temporary or permanent
bridge, an implant, or by a
partial or complete denture.