A tooth extraction refers to the removal of a tooth from the mouth and can refer to either permanent or primary (baby) teeth. Although permanent teeth are the second and final set of teeth we receive, there are a number of reasons why the patient might benefit from their removal.
Why might I need to have a tooth extracted?
There are a number of reasons a tooth may need to be extracted, including:
What are the benefits of tooth extractions?
Benefits of tooth extractions may include:
What options do I have for replacing a tooth that needs to be extracted?
There are three main options for replacing missing teeth: dental implant, bridge, or removable partial denture. See our dental implant, bridge, and partial denture pages to learn more about these treatment options. There are a number of advantages to each, so there is not a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to replacing teeth. We here at 44 West Dental Professionals are happy to spend the time discussion your unique situation and the pros and cons for each option for you.
Do I need to see an oral surgeon to have my tooth removed?
Our doctors here at 44 West Dental Professionals are trained to extract teeth right here in our office. There are a number of situations such as difficult wisdom teeth or badly broken teeth that are best managed by an oral surgeon. Our doctors are happy to discuss your unique case and will always recommend what is best for your care.
Do I need to get my third molars (wisdom teeth) extracted if they aren’t bothering me?
There are several reasons why it may be recommend to have your wisdom teeth removed. These reasons may include:
Although modern research shows that removing wisdom teeth is beneficial for most patients, there are situations where keeping the teeth is the better option. We always consider each patient’s unique situation and desires when making treatment recommendations.
I think I might need to have a tooth extracted, what should I do next?
Dr. Wierenga, Dr. Doublestein, and Dr. Treierweiler along with our dedicated staff here at 44 West Dental Professionals are trained to consider each individual’s case and are happy to discuss if tooth extraction is the right treatment option for you. We are also able to answer any of your questions about potential tooth replacement options for extracted or missing teeth. Give us a call at (616) 530-2200 to schedule an evaluation today.