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Extractions

What Are Extractions?

Tooth extractiona are the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone.

When Are Extractions Needed?

reasons for extraction:

  • If a tooth has been damaged by decay or a fracture, our experts will try to repair it and restore it with a filling, crown or other treatment. Sometimes, though, the damage is too extensive for the tooth to be repaired. This is the most common reason for extracting a tooth.
  • Some people have extra teeth that block other teeth from coming in.
  • People undergoing orthodontic work may need teeth extracted to create room for the teeth that are being moved into place.
  • People receiving radiation to the head and neck may need to have teeth in the field of radiation extracted.
  • People receiving chemotherapy may develop infected teeth because chemotherapy weakens the immune system, increasing the risk of infection. These teeth may need to be extracted.
  • People receiving an organ transplant may need some teeth extracted if the teeth are at risk of becoming sources of infection after the transplant, when immuno- suppressive medications are given.
    Types of Extractions:
  • Asimple extraction
  • A surgical extraction.
  •  Wisdom Teeth Extractions
     
 
 

Wisdom Teeth Extractions
 

Wisdom teeth, sometimes called the “third molars” are the teeth furthest back in your mouth and the last teeth to emerge. Although these teeth start forming around age 12, they don’t usually begin to erupt through the gum until sometime during the late teen years or early twenties.

 Most people's  jaws are only long enough to accommodate  28 teeth in their mouths – 14 upper and 14 lower teeth, so as these four new molars begin to erupt in this limited space, they can become impacted – trapped in the jaw bone, growing sideways, or only partially erupting through the gum.




Problems that can occur from impacted teeth range from mild to severe and can include:

  • Gum disease due to infection of surrounding tissue and gum                                                                  
  • Crowding and damage to adjacent teeth                                                                      
  • Cavities forming between the impacted tooth and tooth in front of it                                                         
  • Bad breath
  • Pain and swelling in the mouth and jaw                                                                                                            
  • Headaches and  neck pain  
  • Permanent damage to nerves and bone
    If you are experiencing one or more of these problems or want to evaluate you  wisdom teeth situation , you can
    call us today at (714) 826-9000 and
      schedule a free consultation!
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