What is a Tooth Extraction?
Sometimes a tooth cannot be restored and must be removed. When a tooth is broken or has significant decay, the ideal solution is to restore it using a filling, crown, or other procedure. If restoration is not possible or advisable due to the condition of the tooth, an extraction may be recommended to prevent infection and achieve or maintain oral health.
Extractions are sometimes recommended or required for other reasons, such as for orthodontic purposes to relieve crowding or in the case of impacted wisdom teeth.
Benefits of Extractions
While the ultimate goal of dentistry is to help you keep your natural teeth whenever possible, extractions, when necessary, do have benefits:
- Treat or prevent infection. A tooth that is severely decayed or damaged beyond saving can lead to a painful infection. Removing the tooth can treat an existing infection or prevent it.
- Make more room in the mouth. When there is not enough room in the mouth for all of the primary or permanent teeth, extractions can help create more room to alleviate crowding and improve orthodontic health.
- Restore dental function. Extracting teeth that can’t be saved allows them to be replaced with functional prosthetics like dental implants, bridges, or dentures.
- Improve your smile. Removing damaged teeth and replacing them with dental implants, bridges, or dentures can improve your smile.
Are You a Good Candidate for Extractions?
If you have one or more teeth that can’t be saved, severely crowded teeth, or impacted wisdom teeth, you may be a good candidate for extractions. Your dentist or orthodontist can evaluate your teeth through an examination and X-rays to determine whether or not you are in need of extractions.
Why Choose Ricco Dental Group?
At Ricco Dental Group we make it our top priority to save your teeth whenever possible, helping you keep your natural teeth for your lifetime. However, sometimes one or more teeth will need to be extracted for one reason or another. We make the extraction process as simple as possible. Most extractions can be done with just local anesthesia, but we also provide sedation options when necessary to help patients feel more comfortable.
Frequently Asked Questions
How will I know if I have a tooth that needs to be extracted?
What options are there to replace my extracted tooth or teeth?
If you have one tooth extracted, a dental implant or a bridge can replace it. If you have multiple teeth extracted, you may need a partial denture. Full dentures can replace all of the teeth if necessary.
Does an extracted tooth need to be replaced?
In cases where a permanent tooth is extracted due to decay or damage, we recommend replacing the tooth. Leaving a gap in your mouth can cause your other teeth to shift out of place and negatively impact your bite alignment. However, if your teeth are extracted for orthodontic purposes, it will not need to be replaced.
Are extractions covered by insurance?
Extractions are typically covered by dental insurance. To find out for sure, contact your insurance provider to inquire about the coverage of your specific plan. Financing is available if you need an extraction that is not covered by your plan.