Usually when dentists discuss extractions, they’re referring to impacted wisdom teeth, which can cause discomfort, infection, inflammation, and even decay as they come in and push against other teeth. In cases like this, or in more extreme cases, where cysts develop around the wisdom teeth and jeopardize the health of the jaw bone, extractions will be the only viable option.
When it comes to the other teeth in your mouth, performing a tooth extraction is something that Dr. Motruk would consider only after doing everything else possible to save the tooth, including root canal therapy. If the tooth is badly decaying, has been traumatized, or there is excessive loss of bone around the tooth due to periodontal disease and the tooth is very mobile, then Dr. Motruk may seriously consider removing the tooth to preserve the health of the teeth surrounding it, as well as your entire mouth. When having an extraction done, Dr. Motruk will also recommend implants and different kinds of dentures, depending on the situation.