When Are Tooth Extractions Necessary?

Posted Feb 9th, 2018

When Are Tooth Extractions Necessary?

Our Surrey dentists will only consider a tooth extraction when procedures that might save the tooth would be ineffective.  Under certain circumstances, a tooth extraction may be the best option.


Tooth extractions (or the complete removal of the tooth from the mouth) are only necessary in the following situations:

  • If the tooth is damaged to the degree that it cannot be saved, either by breakage or decay
  • If the tooth is impacted or otherwise causing damage to the surrounding teeth (as is often the case with wisdom teeth)

Whenever possible, your dentist will opt to preserve a damaged tooth. This is because the empty spaces left by missing teeth can cause a variety of other dental problems. If the problem can be fixed with a filling, inlay, onlay, crown or root canal, these types of restorations are preferable to extractions.

If you have a damaged or painful tooth, please book an appointment with our Delta dentists straight away, to have the problem assessed and repaired.

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