The goal of modern dentistry is to preserve the natural teeth for a lifetime. It is a well-known fact that the loss of a single tooth can have an impact not only on your dental health but also on your appearance.
Most tooth extractions can be prevented; however, there are certain conditions under which tooth removal is necessary for the proper health and function of the oral cavity. Here are a few reasons why teeth may have to be removed:
- Gum disease
- Relieve crowding prior to braces
- Teeth fractured in sports or other accidents
- Impacted teeth such as wisdom teeth
Generally, most tooth extractions are simple. The offending tooth is loosened and removed from the mouth. In the case of broken or multi-rooted teeth, a surgical approach is taken where the gum is released and the tooth sectioned to facilitate removal.