Do I need a tooth extraction?
While we strive to maintain your teeth for as long as possible, sometimes a tooth extraction is the only option available. At Somerset Dental Care, a tooth extraction is recommended when: decay has reached deep into your tooth, infection has destroyed a large portion of your tooth or surrounding bone, your teeth are crowded and need more room.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
While most people have four wisdom teeth – two in the upper jaw and two in the lower jaw – it is often the case that there is not enough space at the rear of the jaw for these teeth. In these cases, your dentist may recommend that the partially erupted impacted molars, more commonly known as wisdom teeth, are extracted.
Removal of problematic wisdom teeth prevents infection, damage to adjacent teeth and bone, and future discomfort. It is recommended that the extraction of your wisdom teeth is done at a young age to avoid complications.
What happens before extraction?
Before any extraction, we thoroughly review your medical and dental history and take the appropriate x-rays to reveal the length, shape, and position of the tooth and surrounding bone. From this information, we can decide whether to refer you to an oral surgeon for specialist care.