Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from the socket in the bone of the jaw.
It is always Dr. Faist’s goal to save teeth. However, there are times when a tooth becomes so damaged or decayed (where it cannot be repaired with a composite filling or dental crown), that the only solution is to remove or pull the tooth.
Dr. Faist will work with you to determine whether there is a chance your tooth can be saved or if it needs to be extracted and can extract most teeth in the office. Wisdom teeth and more difficult extractions may be referred to a qualified oral surgeon.
Besides tooth decay and damaged teeth beyond repair, there are other reasons or conditions that may require teeth to be removed, such as:
Tooth extraction may lead to other natural occurrences within your mouth once the procedure is complete. These occurrences include:
If it is necessary for Dr. Faist to extract your tooth, he will discuss options with you to replace the tooth to prevent these occurrences from happening. The most common recommendation for tooth replacement after an extraction is a dental implant. Other treatment options are fixed or removable dental bridges and dentures when all teeth have been extracted.