There are a number of reasons why a tooth extraction may be necessary. Dr. Spaniel may recommend extracting a decayed or damaged tooth when a dental crown, root canal or other restorative treatment can no longer repair the affected tooth. Extraction can also be performed on impacted teeth, which form in a position where they cannot properly grow into your bite. If left in the mouth, an impacted tooth could seriously jeopardize your surrounding teeth, bite and overall oral health.
Impacted wisdom teeth are among the most common type of teeth to be extracted. Your wisdom teeth are the third and last set of molars to grow into your mouth. Some wisdom teeth erupt partially or sideways, while others become trapped beneath the gums because they do not have enough room to grow in properly. Like other impacted teeth, impacted wisdom teeth can cause serious complications if left in the mouth. Wisdom tooth extraction is common but may be more complicated in cases where the wisdom teeth have not yet surfaced. In these cases, extraction may involve separating your tooth into small pieces to make it easier to remove from your mouth. Once the tooth is removed, the extraction site will be closed with stitches or sutures. Dr. Spaniel refers wisdom tooth extractions to a specialist and works with them to ensure your comfort and safety during and after the procedure.