If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, we will try to fix it with a filling, crown or other treatment. Sometimes, though, there’s too much damage for the tooth to be repaired.
Reasons that merit a tooth extraction:
- Severe tooth decay or infection
- Extra teeth which are blocking other teeth from coming in
- Severe gum disease which may affect the supporting tissues and bone structures of teeth
- In preparation for orthodontic treatment
- Fractured teeth
- Insufficient space for wisdom teeth (impacted third molars)
Once the inside of a tooth has become infected you could choose to delay treatment, you could choose to have the tooth extracted, or you could choose to save your tooth with a root canal treatment.
The problem with delaying treatment is that an infected tooth will never heal on its own, and this can lead to some very serious problems. As the infection spreads down the tooth and into your jawbone, the pain may become excruciating. It could even put you in the hospital and threaten your life.
A tooth extraction is only a short-term solution. While it does remove the source of infection, it sets off a chain reaction of shifting teeth and other dental problems. The only way to save your tooth and keep it in your mouth is to remove the infection with root canal treatment. If the tooth decay or infection has destroyed enough tooth structure beyond repair, an extraction may be inevitable.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to successfully erupt.
Impacted Wisdom Tooth
A tooth becomes impacted when there is lack of space in the dental arch and its growth and eruption are prevented by overlying gum, bone or other tooth. Impacted teeth can be more painfull and it does create infection. They may also crowd or damaged neighbouring teeth or roots.
Removal of Wisdom Teeth
During your consultation with Dr. Izabela Olczyk or one of our associate surgeons, they will do an oral examination and evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there may be present or future problems before any teeth are extracted.