While our first goal is to protect and extend the life of a tooth, teeth are not always salvageable. If the issue cannot be repaired through endodontic and restorative treatment, tooth extraction may be necessary. Most tooth extractions are routine procedures. At Advanced Endodontic Specialists in South Barrington, Illinois, endodontist Jeffery Linden, DDS, performs tooth extraction for teeth that can’t be salvaged for various reasons. Call Advanced Endodontic Specialists for an appointment or request one online today.
Tooth extraction Q & A
What is tooth extraction?
Tooth extraction is a procedure to remove a tooth from your mouth if it’s compromising your oral health or functioning in any way. Removing a damaged or painful tooth can relieve pain and prevent further infection.
While it might seem like a last-resort option in most cases, most are routine procedures.
In some cases, tooth extraction happens because an oral health complication is too complex or advanced to manage with more conservative care. Dr. Linden explains his reasoning for recommending tooth extraction, and he can tell you what to expect during the procedure in his office.
How do tooth extractions work?
At Advanced Endodontic Specialists, Dr. Linden thoroughly evaluates your tooth and overall oral health before starting the extraction process. The team may use imaging like digital X-rays or 3D imaging to see the portions of the tooth below the gumline.
This way, the doctor can check to see if there are any abnormalities or anatomical complications that could be helpful to know prior to the procedure.
When do I need a tooth extraction?
Tooth extractions can address several issues and possible future complications with your oral health. At Advanced Endodontic Specialists, Dr. Linden may recommend a tooth extraction procedure if you have:
- Deep decay or infection in a tooth
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Cracked root or tooth
- Nonrestorable tooth – extensive breakage or loss of tooth structure
- A traumatic tooth injury
- Resistant infection
Dr. Linden recommends extractions on a case-by-case basis, and there may be other treatment options available before an extraction. If needed, Dr. Linden can recommend implants or bridges to replace teeth after removing them with tooth extraction.
Don’t wait to see if a tooth complication worsens, if you’re having trouble with pain. To schedule a consultation for tooth extraction, call Advanced Endodontic Specialists or request an appointment online today.