Tooth extraction may be recommended by your dentist when a tooth is completely decayed and there are no options for restoration. Extractions may also be required for your third set of molars, more commonly known as “wisdom teeth.”
Some people are lucky enough to have their wisdom teeth come in straight, right-side up, or not at all, but many of us can face difficulties with these teeth as they are the last teeth to erupt and there’s often not enough room in your mouth to accommodate them. The lack of space can cause abnormalities in the way they appear and this can make them hard to brush and floss. This leads to extensive decay and can pose a risk to your oral health.
Removing wisdom teeth as a preventive method is usually the most conservative treatment option before they negatively impact other teeth. Our Herndon dentists can evaluate your wisdom teeth with both a visual exam as well as detailed X-rays and offer a recommendation for removal if they deem it necessary.
Tooth extraction can also result from a dental emergency. If the tooth can’t be saved due to severe bone and tooth cracks, it’s better to extract the tooth and replace it with an implant or bridge.