Reasons for Tooth Extraction
Dental extractions are performed for a variety of reasons, including tooth decay, injury, infection, and for orthodontic treatment. Extractions are a relatively common procedure in most dental offices. The difficulty of the procedure varies depending on the case and the patient, however anesthesia is used to numb the area and prevent discomfort during the procedure.
Types of Extractions
- Simple Extractions
A simple extraction indicates a tooth removal where there is little to no complexity to the procedure. Local Anesthetic is sufficient to manage any discomfort.
- Surgical Extractions
A surgical extraction indicates a higher degree of complexity to the tooth removal. Teeth that have significant infection, are impacted or broken off teeth or teeth that will have an implant replacement often fall into this category. The patient can choose IV sedation or local anesthetic depending the difficulty of the tooth removal.
The most common reason for the removal of a tooth is severe decay or breakage of a tooth that cannot be saved. However, teeth may also be removed because of:
- Severe tooth decay or infection
- Extra teeth that are blocking other teeth from growing in (supernumerary teeth)
- Severe gum disease
- Orthodontic treatment
- Non-restorable teeth
- Fractured teeth
- Cosmetic reasons