At Forest City Dental, our London dentists may consider tooth extractions and/or wisdom teeth removal when a tooth cannot be saved or is causing issues for your oral health.
What Is a Tooth Extraction?
Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. At Forest City Dental, we try to perform extractions only when a less-invasive option is not available or viable, or if keeping the tooth will compromise your oral health.
Common reasons for pulling a tooth include excessive tooth damage and problematic wisdom teeth. Teeth are also sometimes pulled to prepare for other dental procedures.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to erupt in the back corners of a normal adult mouth, usually between the ages of 17 and 25.
This third set of teeth is not always functional. They can crowd out other teeth as they develop and they may also create problems with your oral hygiene. In these cases, your dentist may recommend removing them.
Repairing Excessive Damage
Whenever feasible, your dentist will attempt to preserve a tooth. However, in some cases — like damage, gum disease or severe decay — extraction is required.
If you require a damaged tooth pulled, your dentist may discuss tooth replacement alternatives with you, which may include dental bridges, dental crowns and dentures.