Our dentists only consider a tooth extraction when less invasive procedures would likely be ineffective. Here are a few reasons why a tooth extraction might be necessary.
A tooth extraction is the complete removal of a tooth from the mouth. An extraction is only necessary in the following situations:
If the tooth is damaged, either by breakage or decay, to the extent that it can't be saved or repaired by other means.
If the tooth is impacted or otherwise causing damage to the surrounding teeth (as is often the case with wisdom teeth).
Your dentist will always choose to preserve a damaged tooth if at all possible, because the empty spaces left by missing teeth can cause serious dental problems. If the problem can be fixed with a filling, inlay, onlay, crown or root canal, these types of restorations are preferable to extractions.