Dental extractions are performed for a variety of reasons including tooth decay, injury, and for orthodontic treatment. Extractions are a relatively common procedure in most dental offices. The difficulty of the procedure varies depending on the case and the patient; however, anesthesia is used to numb the area and prevent pain during the procedure.
Reasons for Tooth Extraction
The most common reason for removal of a tooth is severe decay or breakage of a tooth. Teeth may also be removed because of:
- severe tooth decay or infection
- extra teeth blocking other teeth from growing in
- severe gum disease
- room needed for orthodontic treatment
- a tooth that cannot be restored endodontically
- fractured teeth
- room needed for a dental prosthesis (e.g. bridge or denture)
- cosmetic reasons
Regardless of the reasons a tooth must be pulled, extraction is usually reserved only for cases in which no other treatment option will cure the infection or problem.