Extractions & Wisdom Teeth
What Is a Tooth Extraction?
A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. At Green Meadows Dental, our dentists only perform extractions when a less invasive option would be ineffective, or if keeping the tooth will compromise your oral health.
Common reasons for pulling a tooth include excessive tooth damage and problematic wisdom teeth. Teeth may also be 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 between 17 and 25 years of age.
This third set of teeth is not always functional and can crowd out other teeth as they develop. They may also create problems with your oral hygiene. In these cases, your dentist may recommend extracting them.
Repairing Excessive Damage
In most cases, your dentist will do whatever they can to save a tooth if possible. However, there are circumstances, such as injury, gum disease, or excessive decay, where extraction is necessary.
If you have a damaged tooth that needs to be extracted, your dentist will discuss tooth replacement options with you which may include dental bridges, dental crowns, and dentures.