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Tooth Extractions

Tooth extractions are a common dental procedure, with nearly 74 percent of all adults having had at least one tooth extracted. A tooth extraction is performed for a variety of reasons, including tooth decay, injury, infection, and for orthodontic treatment. The difficulty of the procedure varies depending on the case and the patient, however anesthesia is used to numb the area and prevent discomfort during the procedure.

Reasons for Tooth Extraction

The most common reason for the removal of a tooth is severe decay or breakage of a tooth that cannot be saved. However, teeth may also be removed because of:

  • Severe tooth decay or infection
  • Extra teeth that are blocking other teeth from growing in (supernumerary teeth)
  • Gum disease
  • Orthodontic treatment
  • Non-restorable teeth
  • Fractured teeth

Regardless of the reasons that a tooth must be pulled, tooth extractions are usually reserved only for cases in which no other treatment option will cure the infection or problem. If you are in need of a tooth extraction in Glen Mills, PA call the office of Opal Family Dental today to schedule your next appointment!