If a patient comes into our office and is in pain we like to treat the patient and relieve the pain in any way that can save the tooth. Sometimes it is necessary to extract the tooth for various reasons which include:
- The dentist may decide that the tooth is not repairable, or may be impractical to repair under the circumstances.
- Removal of the tooth may be a matter of health. This is the case in the decision to remove impacted wisdom teeth, teeth associated with cysts or tumors, or teeth that would otherwise compromise the patient’s oral health if left in place.
- Teeth are frequently removed because they are crowded and their removal would create a situation which could be repaired in their absence. Occasionally, orthodontics require extractions to have more room to move teeth around.
- The patient may choose an extraction because the other alternatives are simply too expensive.