When it comes to dental procedures, tooth extraction — or having teeth “pulled” — is among patients’ most dreaded prospects. Also referred to as exodontia, tooth extraction involves removing a tooth from its socket in the jaw bone. Before our dentist at Dental Hub considers extraction, every effort will be made to try to repair and restore your tooth. However, sometimes it’s necessary.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth removal is one of the more common categories of tooth extraction. Many dental professionals will recommend removing wisdom teeth (third molars) before they are fully developed — usually in the adolescent years — to help eliminate potential problems. One problem that could occur is development of an impacted tooth that has surfaced and has no room in the mouth to grow. Other problems associated with impacted teeth include infection, decay of adjacent teeth, bite interference and gum disease.
Extractions of some permanent teeth that have not erupted — such as the canines, which are also known as fangs or eye teeth — may be required in order to make space for orthodontic treatment.
The good news about wisdom teeth is that they do not always have to be removed. In fact, many people live their entire lives with their wisdom teeth intact and present without any complications or oral health issues. However, patients whose wisdom teeth are not in the best condition and require removal. The process is one that has become even more common in many mouths over the course of the past few years, even when patients do not experience any pain or discomfort from the presence of their wisdom teeth.