Extractions

Many patients experience a condition in which tooth extraction is an option. These include trauma, genetic predisposition, and rampant caries. Whatever the reason, your dentist carefully considers this alternative and will recommend it only after all other means to preserve healthy tooth structure have been considered.

As noted above a number of situations may justify tooth extraction: the most common of these are severe decay, infection of the surrounding soft tissue, or orthodontic intervention for patients who wish to improve their smile line. Once the tooth is removed, it can be replaced with implants, partials or bridges.

As each patient’s condition and circumstances are unique, we tailor our recommendations to accommodate the patient’s wants and expectations. We also disclose all relevant considerations to ensure that every individual is fully informed about all available options prior to and following therapy.

More involved cases may entail sectioning the tooth into separate pieces to remove it with a minimum of damage to surrounding bone and tissue. This technique is typically indicated when the tooth is fused to the bone, or when teeth are not fully erupted. Soft tissue is then stitched together to ensure proper healing. As with all procedures, the patient is fully briefed on the proposed therapy, including post care instruction, including home care and post therapy dental visits.

Procedures include simple or surgical tooth removal. The best policy is always preventive dentistry. You can also read our Patient FAQs.