Extractions & Wisdom Teeth
What is a Tooth Extraction?
Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its bone socket. Our dentists at Upper Ottawa Dental perform extractions only when a less invasive option would be ineffective, or if keeping the tooth would jeopardize your oral health.
Common reasons for pulling a tooth include excessive tooth damage and problematic wisdom teeth. Teeth are also sometimes pulled to prepare for other dental procedures.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to erupt in the back corners of a normal adult mouth, usually between 17 and 25 years of age.
This third set of teeth is not always functional, and it has the potential to crowd out other teeth as they grow. They may also interfere with your oral hygiene. In these cases, your dentist may advise you to have them removed.
Repairing Excessive Damage
In most cases, your dentist will work to save a tooth whenever possible. However, there are circumstances, such as injury, gum disease, or excessive decay, which require extraction.
If you need a damaged tooth extracted, your dentist will go over tooth replacement options with you, which may include dental bridges, dental crowns, and dentures.