Dental extractions are used as a last resort. Generally speaking, we try to save a tooth whenever possible because no replacement is as good as your natural teeth. But there are situations where it is just not possible or practical to fix a tooth. In those cases, we can extract the tooth and consider the options for replacing a missing tooth.
Extractions for adults may be necessary in the following situations:
Baby teeth can also sometimes need extractions. The most common causes for baby teeth extractions are:
Regardless of which tooth needs to be pulled or why, we make sure that if you need an extraction, it is done comfortably while you are profoundly numb. You will be given thorough post op instructions so you know how to take care of the area and manage any discomfort, and the doctor is always available after hours to take your calls about any concerns you have in the evening.