What is an extraction?
A dental extraction requires the removal of a tooth or wisdom tooth. The aim is to achieve the best outcome long term, while giving you the most satisfactory function and appearance possible. The dentist will be able to evaluate your situation and advise on the possible options. The removal of a tooth is only done after careful consideration and discussion with your dentist.
What are the reasons for an extraction?
Teeth may be removed for several reasons including:
Extensive damage to the tooth
Periodontal disease due to poor oral hygiene
Prevention of complications
To improve appearance
Teeth with no function
Vertical cracks in a tooth root
Why do I need an X-ray in regards to an extraction?
The dentist may take an x-ray of the tooth and jaw, which will help the dentist to plan the best and safest way to remove teeth. An x-ray may also be required to see if there is any damage under the gum line, as well as the direction of the root and its proximity to a nerve.