While our dental specialists do everything they can to avoid extracting (pulling) teeth, there may be occasions when extractions may be the best course of action. Reasons tooth extraction may be recommended include:
- Gum disease: If gum disease is advanced and the tooth is loose, our periodontist, Dr. Jingyuan Fan, may recommend a tooth be extracted (or pulled) to prevent further damage and to properly clean the gum line. Dr. Fan is committed to keeping teeth whenever possible through periodontal treatments like scaling and root planing, but if the gum disease is too advanced and negatively impacting your health, there may be occasions that extraction will be recommended. Dr. Fan can also discuss and perform restorative treatments like dental implants if extraction is recommended.
- Infection caused by tooth decay: If bacteria has infected the center of your tooth (also known as the pulp), this can lead to infection. Many times, this type of infection can be cured with root canal treatment, but occasionally, severe infections may require extraction of the tooth to prevent the infection from spreading.
- Teeth crowding: Our orthodontist, Dr. Corina Radu, takes every step possible to avoid extracting healthy teeth. Dr. Radu uses high-tech braces, clear aligners and orthodontic appliances which use light and gentle forces to move the teeth into place and greatly reduce the need for extractions. While it was once commonplace for orthodontists to pull teeth to prepare the mouth for orthodontic treatment, this practice has been greatly reduced due to advances in orthodontic technology. However, there may be more severe crowding cases where extractions may be recommended to properly align the teeth. Dr. Radu will discuss treatment options based on your unique needs during your free initial consultation.