A tooth — even a healthy one — may need to be extracted for several reasons. Decay, injury, or other dental conditions can become so severe that it cannot be saved, and/or the health of the surrounding teeth require its removal. Some healthy teeth require extraction if there is not enough room in the mouth, or one or more teeth may be extracted to prepare for additional orthodontic or oral surgery treatments.
Tooth extraction is a common procedure at California Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center in Huntington Beach, CA. Most of the time, local anesthesia is all that is needed during the procedure to keep the patient calm and comfortable. Your personal treatment plan, including your options for anesthesia, will be discussed during your consultation appointment.
Why do teeth need to be removed?
Sometimes, it is in the best interest of your oral health to extract a tooth — even if it’s healthy. A tooth that is unhealthy can cause complications like persistent pain and infection, while an otherwise healthy tooth can cause problems such as dental shifting, crowding, and alignment issues.
Common reasons why a tooth may be recommended for extraction include
- Advanced decay
- Severe infection or periodontal disease
- Dental crowding
- Broken teeth
- Root canal failure
If a tooth replacement is needed after an extraction, your oral surgeon will discuss your options during your consultation.
If you or your child have been recommended for a tooth extraction, please call California Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center in Huntington Beach, CA. Dr. Larson, Dr. Park, Dr. Arcan, and Dr. Miller are experts when it comes to the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery, including tooth extraction and tooth replacement.