Should My Tooth Be Extracted?

Do you have a tooth that brings you persistent pain and discomfort? Do you notice the uncomfortable symptoms of an infection? If so, you may be wondering, “Should my tooth be extracted?” Dental extraction can improve your oral health and even safeguard your smile from serious oral health problems.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Extraction

Question: Do wisdom teeth need removal?

Answer: Often they do. Wisdom teeth are four additional molars that erupt when a person enters his/her late teens or early 20s. Our mouth can comfortably hold 28 teeth but these push the number to 32, increasing the risk of impaction, misalignment, or infection. We can remove the teeth prior to eruption with an extraction.

Question: Do I need to remove an infected tooth?

Answer: If the tooth has passed the window to receive a root canal then yes, the infected tooth may need to be removed. Otherwise, the tooth can die and the infection spread to surrounding teeth. Removal can protect your overall oral health and ensure you enjoy a whole smile.

Question: If the tooth breaks does it need to be extracted?

Answer: In most cases a broken tooth can be repaired with a dental crown or a veneer. However, severe damage may require the tooth to be removed. We can then discuss possible replacement options, such as a dental implant. A dental implant is surgically inserted and can provide a lifetime of quality tooth replacement.

Question: Will the procedure be comfortable?

Answer: Yes. We also administer a local anesthetic and can discuss sedation options to ensure the patient feels comfortable and relaxed. We can then provide detailed aftercare instruction to ensure the healing process goes smoothly and comfortably. If you have any questions about the extraction process then contact our office today.