A dental extraction is the removal of a tooth from the oral cavity. Only in the most extreme cases, after all other options have been explored, will Dr. Graber, at his Rutherford, NJ, Dental office, recommend a tooth be extracted. He must be certain there is no other way to save the tooth.
There are two types of dental extractions, simple and surgical. Simple extractions are performed on teeth that are visible in the mouth. Surgical extractions usually involve the removal of teeth that cannot be easily accessed either because they have fractured under the gum line or because they have not fully erupted.
The most common reasons for extracting teeth are because:
- There is severe tooth decay or infection
- The tooth cannot be root canalled
- The tooth is a deciduous (baby tooth) that is blocking the eruption of an adult tooth
- Advanced periodontal disease has destroyed most of the supporting bone around the tooth
- More space is needed for orthodontic treatment
- Wisdom teeth are impacted in soft or hard tissue or are erupting at an angle that can cause problems with adjacent teeth and can create inflammation and irritation as they continue to emerge
- The tooth’s roots are damaged beyond repair and traditional restorative methods like root canal therapy would be impossible.
Dr. Graber believes that by the time it is necessary to extract a tooth, “it is usually addition through subtraction.”