A dental extraction is the procedure to remove a tooth from your mouth. A dental extraction is most commonly required if one of your teeth is damaged beyond practical repair. The most common reasons for tooth extractions include:
- Severe tooth decay or infection may make it impossible or too costly to repair a tooth
- Advanced gum disease may require a tooth to be pulled so it doesn't affect the supporting tissues and bone structures of your mouth
- A tooth may be extracted if it is blocking other teeth from coming in
- During orthodontic work, teeth may need to be extracted to create room for the teeth that are being moved into place
- Wisdom teeth are often extracted either before or after they come in
Dr. Julie D. Messerly DDS routinely perform extractions using local anesthesia. Occasionally, you may need to be referred to a dental specialist (Oral Surgeon), for an extraction. Reasons for a referral include your medical history and medications, as well as the position of the tooth and the condition of the tooth. You may also be referred to an Oral Surgeon if you would prefer to be sedated for the procedure.