There are certain situations in which your Madison Family dentist may recommend having a tooth removed. The most common reasons are:
A severely decayed or infected tooth
Severe periodontal disease leading to a loss of bone and soft tissue support
Inadequate space for erupting permanent teeth or extra teeth that are blocking others from erupting
Preparation for orthodontic treatment (braces)
Inadequate space for your wisdom teeth
The visible portion of a tooth or root is severely fractured
There are 2 types of Extractions
Simple - A simple extraction is the removal of a tooth that is still visible. Simple extractions can usually be done under local anesthetic with the use of instruments that elevate and grasp the visible portion of the tooth. These extractions can be done during a routine dental visit.
Surgical - A surgical extraction involves removing a tooth or portion of a tooth that cannot be easily accessed due to a severe fracture, significant decay, or that it hasn’t fully erupted. During a surgical extraction, your dentist may uncover the tooth by elevating the soft tissues surrounding the tooth and in some cases by removing bone to expose more of the tooth. The tooth may need to be divided into several pieces to make removal easier. Complicated surgical extractions are performed by an oral surgeon. Reflections Dental will refer you to experienced oral surgeons in the area.