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Tooth Extractions

We will do our utmost to prevent the loss of teeth with preventive and restorative dentistry solutions, but there are some cases where tooth loss just cannot be avoided. When those situations happen, the Rowen Dentistry team will provide safe, effective tooth extraction services in completely stress-free comfort. Keep reading to learn more about the reasons for tooth extraction and the removal process, and don’t hesitate to contact our Boca Raton dental team with questions at any time. We’re always happy to help.

Why Would I Need a Tooth Extracted?

Metal forceps holding an extracted toothThere are numerous reasons why patients may need to have one or more teeth extracted, but there is one simple question we ask before determining whether or not tooth removal is needed. Will extraction benefit overall oral health for the patient? If the answer to this question is yes, we will likely recommend a tooth be removed. Some of the specific situations that lead to tooth extraction include:

What’s the Difference Between Pulling a Tooth and Surgical Removal?

Woman in pain holding jawTeeth are extracted in two basic ways - pulling and surgical extraction. Pulling a tooth is usually only possible for teeth that are already shifted from the socket or have just erupted from the gum line and have not yet fully fused with the jaw and gum tissue. When this occurs, we can numb the area and shift the tooth back and forth pulling it free from its socket. Surgical removal is necessary when teeth haven’t erupted from the gum line or when they have fused too soundly to the supportive tooth structures to be safely pulled. Another example is if the tooth is too damaged and breaks while being extracted. Surgical removal involves the cutting away of supportive tissues to expose and remove the tooth. In some cases, we may also break the tooth into several small sections for easier extraction.