Tooth Extractions

A dental extraction is the removal of a tooth from the mouth.  Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons, including tooth decay or fracture that has destroyed enough tooth structure to render the tooth non-restorable.  Extractions of impacted or problematic wisdom teeth are routinely performed, as are extractions of some permanent teeth to make space for orthodontic treatment.  Before a tooth is removed, your dentist will thoroughly review your medical and dental history and take the appropriate X-rays.  X-rays reveal the length, shape, and position of the tooth and surrounding bone. From this information, your dentist can estimate the degree of difficulty of the procedure and determine whether a routine or surgical extraction will be required.  Before removal, the area around your tooth will be anesthetized. Dentists use a local anesthetic to numb the area of the mouth where the extraction will take place, so that the procedure can be completed as painlessly as possible