What is a Tooth Extraction?
A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. At Cornwall Dental Care, our dentists perform extractions only when a less invasive option would be ineffective, or if keeping the tooth will compromise your oral health.
Excessive tooth damage and problematic wisdom teeth are common reasons for a tooth extraction. In order to prepare for other dental procedures, tooth extraction may be required.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to erupt in the back corners of a normal adult mouth, typically between 17 and 25 years of age.
This third set of teeth is not always functional and can cause crowding for other teeth as they develop. They may also lead to problems with your oral hygiene. In these cases, your dentist may recommend removing them.
Repairing Excessive Damage
Your dentist will attempt to save your tooth whenever possible before removing it. However, there are circumstances, such as injury, gum disease, or excessive decay, which require extraction.
If you have a damaged tooth that needs to be extracted, your dentist will discuss your tooth replacement options with you, which may include dental bridges, dental crowns, and dentures.