A Dental Extraction is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. It is performed for a wide variety of reasons:
- Tooth decay – If the decay is severely advanced and the pulp of the tooth has been infected, and the tooth is unsuitable for root canal treatment.
- Impacted wisdom teeth – Sometimes our mouths are simply not big enough to accommodate these teeth. The teeth become impacted (stuck), this can cause infection and pain.
- Orthodontics (braces) – Teeth can erupt in many different positions, if this happens you may have to have teeth extracted so your other teeth can be brought into line.
- Periodontal disease – Bacterial infection under the gum damages the tissue which connects the tooth to the gum; as the disease progresses, the bone anchoring the tooth to the jaw begins to dissolve, resulting in the tooth becoming loose.
- Teeth that have been damaged by trauma.
- Certain medical conditions may require teeth to be extracted.