It is always best to fix a broken or decay tooth with a filling or dental crown however if the tooth is severely broken or decayed, a tooth extraction may be necessary.

There many reasons a tooth may need extracting:

  • Wisdom teeth – impacted or misaligned wisdom teeth can cause infection or they can also cause your other teeth to shift which can damage the teeth, gum and bone
  • Crowding- in preparation for orthodontic treatment, your orthodontist will recommend tooth extraction to help reduce crowding
  • Gum Disease- gum disease left untreated, periodontal disease can cause a tooth to loosen or severely damage a tooth, the gum and bone

Things to think about

If our Dentists have recommended an extraction, it should be done as soon as possible to avoid the spread of infection or more serious problems.

After an extraction, smoking will delay healing and reduces your ability to fight infection in your gums.  So, to heal well after extraction, it will be best to avoid all forms of tobacco