Dental extractions are an extremely common dental procedure that are necessary for a wide range of reasons. Generally speaking, a dental extraction is the removal of a tooth from where it sits in its socket in the bone. While we rely heavily on our teeth for everything from chewing and biting to maintaining mouth and jawbone structure, sometimes a tooth extraction is unavoidable. One of the most common examples of a tooth extraction is when the wisdom teeth must be pulled. However, you may also require a dental extraction if you have a tooth that has been broken or damaged by decay, for example. Regardless the reason, your dentist will walk you through the entire extraction process, ensuring you understand the procedure and recovery.

Please keep in mind that, in the event of an extraction, it is natural to experience changes in your mouth. With this in mind, please pay attention to any special instructions from your dentist or dental team following the extraction procedure. If you have any questions or are experiencing any abnormal pain or discomfort following an extraction, please contact Dr. Annette Van Natta’s dental office right away. Below we will go over a few of the most common reasons for extractions as well as some general guidelines to keep in mind. By following these guidelines, you will have a much better chance of healing properly and preventing any future complication.

Reasons for an Extraction

If during your initial consultation, examination, or routine cleaning Dr. Van Natta notices a damaged tooth or other problem, she may suggest a tooth extraction. While having a damaged tooth removed may seem intimidating, it is for the good of your oral health. Here are a few of the top reasons Dr. Van Natta may require an extraction:

  • If you have extra teeth that are preventing other teeth from coming in
  • If your baby teeth have yet to fall out, keeping your permanent teeth from growing in
  • If you need braces and room needs to be made for the teeth to move and become properly aligned
  • If you must receive radiation to the head, neck, or jaw and there are teeth in the radiation field
  • If you are taking cancer drugs and have developed an infected tooth as a result
  • If you have an infected tooth that can not be treated with root canal therapy.
  • If you need to have your wisdom teeth removed because they are decayed, are causing you pain, or have a cyst or infection

Keep in mind that these are just a few of the most common reasons for a tooth extraction. Your dentist
will provide you with more information on why a tooth extraction may be necessary, as well as what you can
expect from the procedure.

Types of Extraction

As mentioned, your dentist is a great source of knowledge and is here to answer any questions your may have about dental extractions. With that in mind, let’s take a brief look at the two most common types of extractions:

  • Simple extraction
    • This is done when the tooth in question can be seen in the mouth
  • Surgical extraction
    • This is a more complicated process that requires surgery. If the tooth is broken off or has yet to protrude through the gum, this type of extraction may be necessary