A dental extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone.

There are a number of situations where a tooth may need to be removed. The most common reasons are:

  • Severely decayed or infected teeth
  • Severe gum disease
  • The tooth is severely broken or the root is fractured
  • To create space in preparation for orthodontic treatment (braces)
  • Inadequate space or extra teeth that are preventing others from erupting
  1. Simple: Simple extractions are performed on teeth that are still visible in your mouth. Simple extractions can usually be done using local anesthetic and only require instruments that help manipulate the visible portion of the tooth to remove it completely.
  2. Surgical: Surgical extractions are performed when a tooth or a portion of a tooth cannot be easily accessed due to severe decay, fracture or not being fully erupted. During a surgical extraction the tissue around the tooth is elevated and often a small amount of bone is removed to help expose the tooth. In some instances the tooth may also need to be divided to help facilitate its removal.
If a tooth needs to be removed we will take the time to discuss the procedure and ensure your comfort throughout. Most extractions can be done at our office however for complicated surgical extractions and unerupted wisdom teeth we will refer you to an experienced oral surgeon.