Tooth extractions are sometimes necessary in advanced cases of gum disease, because of tooth decay, when a tooth is broken, or to prevent or repair other issues such as with wisdom teeth removal and orthodontics.

Tooth extractions involve the complete removal of a primary or a permanent tooth. A tooth extraction can be surgical or non-surgical depending on the difficulty of the extraction and whether or not the tooth is impacted (below the gum) or erupted (above the gum), and whether it has straight or curved roots. No one looks forward to a tooth extraction, but modern anesthesia and a variety of modalities will help keep you comfortable and calm throughout the procedure.

Dr. Lavu may recommend a tooth extraction for any of the following reasons:

While prevention of tooth loss is preferred, tooth extraction sometimes cannot be avoided.

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