Tooth Extractions & Wisdom Teeth
What is a Tooth Extraction?
A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. While it's always preferable to save a natural tooth, there are some cases where it's not possible. If a tooth is too badly damaged as a result of decay, gum disease, or injury, your dentist at Southwood Dental may recommend an extraction.
While the most common reasons for pulling a tooth include excessive tooth damage and problematic wisdom teeth, your dentist may also recommend having a tooth pulled to prepare for other dental procedures.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to erupt in the back corners of a normal adult mouth, usually occurring between 17 and 25 years of age. While these teeth are not always a cause for concern, issues can be fairly common.
This third set of teeth is not always functional and can cause overcrowding which has its own set of obstacles. They may also create problems with your oral hygiene. In these cases, your dentist may recommend removing them.
Repairing Excessive Damage
In most cases, your dentist will work to save a tooth whenever possible. However, there are circumstances, such as injury, gum disease, or excessive decay, which require extraction.
If your dentist deems a dental extraction to be necessary, they will discuss the various tooth replacement options with you, which may include dental bridges, dental crowns, and dentures.