Tooth Extraction

A severely damaged tooth may need to be extracted. If it has been broken or damaged by decay, your dentist will try other treatment, like a filling or root canal therapy. Sometimes there is too much damage for the tooth to be repaired. In which case the tooth needs to be removed. A loose tooth also will require extraction.

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are often extracted either before or after they come in. They commonly come in during the late teens or early 20s. They need to be removed if they are decayed, cause pain or have an infection.

These teeth often get stuck in the jaw (impacted) and do not come in. This can irritate the gum, causing pain and swelling. In this case, the tooth must be removed. If you need all four wisdom teeth removed, they are usually taken out at the same time.

Not all wisdom teeth need to be extracted. When a wisdom tooth erupts through the tissue without compromising the adjacent tooth, the wisdom tooth can be retained in the mouth with little concern as long as the person is able to brush, floss, and clean it thoroughly. However, removal of the wisdom tooth is indicated if the tooth has partially erupted through the gingival tissue, causing inflammation or infection.