What is a Tooth Extraction?
During a tooth extraction, a tooth is removed from its socket in the bone.
Our dentists at Peterborough Dental Clinic reserve extractions for special cases, when a less invasive option would prove ineffective, or if saving the tooth would endanger your oral health.
Reasons for a Tooth Extraction
Problematic wisdom teeth or teeth that have been damaged excessively may need to be pulled. Other dental procedures may also require teeth to be extracted.
Repairing Excessive Damage
Your dentist will usually attempt to save a tooth, but there are exceptions to this principle, including gum disease, injury, or excessive decay.
In these cases, a tooth extraction will be required.
If you need a tooth extraction, your dentist will explain which options are available to replace the tooth. These may include dentures, dental crowns, and dental bridges.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that erupt in the back corners of the upper and lower mouth.
When wisdom teeth erupt, they can become problematic if they emerge in the wrong positions or if there is not enough room for them to grow in your mouth.
Wisdom teeth may also be impacted or not erupt fully. In these cases, an extraction can help protect your oral health.