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What Wallingford, CT patients need to know about tooth extractions

When you come to Wolfy Dental Group in Wallingford, CT with a painful or damaged tooth, we will make every effort to save and preserve it. However, in some cases a tooth must be removed. If extractions are necessary, you can rest assured that we make the procedure as gentle as possible. Additionally, we offer excellent options to replace that tooth and restore your smile.

When is extraction necessary?

There are several reasons why we may have to remove a tooth. These include:

  • Impaction – Wisdom tooth removal is one of the most common types of extractions. Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, are the last to erupt. They appear years after the jaw has developed and other teeth are in place. When there is not enough room for them, the wisdom teeth may remain partially or entirely below the gumline, where they crowd nerves, tooth roots, and other structures. This condition, known as impaction, can be painful and damaging to your oral health.
  • Damage or decay – Most of the time, we can restore broken, cracked, or decayed teeth. However, on occasion the damage is too severe and there simply is not enough tooth structure left. Additionally, if advanced infection is present, it can erode the bone and ligament supporting a tooth. In these situations, the best solution is to remove and replace the tooth.
  • Periodontal disease – This is an infection of the gum tissue, which can be treated in the early stages. However, it is generally painless and has few noticeable symptoms. Many people with periodontal disease are unaware of the problem, or they do not realize how severe it is. As the condition progresses, it attacks the structures that support teeth, as well as exposing the roots to decay. This is the leading cause of adult tooth loss.

Replacing teeth

Wisdom tooth (third molar) extraction does not require replacement, because there was not room for a tooth there in the first place. However, in most other instances, extracted teeth should be replaced. This is important for cosmetic and oral health reasons, as well as enabling you to chew your food properly. You have several choices, including:

  • Traditional dental bridges
  • Complete dentures
  • Partial dentures
  • Dental implants

Restore your smile

Whether you need emergency tooth extraction, wisdom tooth removal, or you have a damaged tooth that you are hoping to save, you can count on your trusted team at Wolfy Dental Group. Give us a call at (203) 902-3629.