Tooth extraction isn’t something that everyone will require, but when they do, it’s because the tooth in question cannot be saved by any other means. For example, if you have a tooth that is extremely damaged or internally decaying, then prognosis of that tooth might be poor. Instead, we may recommend extracting the tooth and replacing it with a more durable and esthetically pleasing prosthesis. While tooth extraction is often a simple process, there may be times when removing a troublesome tooth isn’t simple, in which case extraction may be required to complete the procedure. With the ability to provide oral surgery procedures in-house, we can often perform surgical tooth extraction without having to refer you to an outside office.
One of the most common reasons behind the need for surgical tooth extraction is the need to remove impacted wisdom teeth (also known as third molars). Wisdom teeth don’t develop until late teens and early adulthood, when all other teeth have already developed and erupted. For many patients, this means that there isn’t enough room for the last set of molars to erupt properly, causing them to become impacted by the molars already present. As they continue to try to erupt, impacted wisdom teeth can lead to severe dental discomfort and damage. Yet, because they’re impacted, they can’t be fully grasped and extracted simply. Instead, we will have to carefully access the area within your jawbone through oral surgery to extract the tooth’s entire structure.