Why and when is tooth extraction necessary?

As dentists, we always try to preserve your natural teeth whenever we can. However, there are times when the tooth has been compromised to a point where we cannot save it. In this case, the tooth must be extracted and the site prepared for replacement.

Tooth Fractures

When a tooth is broken or fractured, even just microscopically, the tooth typically will require extraction. Sometimes this is because the fracture goes well below the gumline, which makes it impossible to fix with a filling or crown. Or, sometimes there is a tiny fracture of root that cannot be mended. The bottom line? Tooth fracture almost always requires extraction of the tooth.

 

Severe Decay

Severe decay is another common reason for tooth extractions. If a tooth has decayed beyond repair, you will probably need extraction to avoid serious infection and relieve pain.

 

Gum Disease

Gum (“periodontal”) disease is very common. In its most severe, untreated form, periodontal disease eventually compromises the safety of the teeth as they loosen and the gums recede. This is another common reason for extractions.

 

Extraction: What to Do

The process of extracting a tooth is simple and painless. Prior to your extractions, we will talk with you about your replacement options and help you decide what choice is right for you, your health and your lifestyle.

 

Extractions and Dental Implants

In some cases, we are able to place a dental implant at the same time of extraction. This saves patients hassle and allows them to expedite the dental implant process. For those who haven’t decided which replacement method to move forward with, we will place bone grafting materials in the site during extraction to preserve the socket and surrounding bone for future dental implant placement.

 

If you have injured a tooth or have severe decay, please call our office today at New York Office Phone Number 212-689-0024. We can help you determine the best course of action to preserve your oral health.