It is wise to save your natural teeth. However, that's not always possible. Tooth extractions are sometimes necessary when a tooth has decayed so much that there is not enough of it left to salvage with root canal therapy. Extractions are also necessary when a person has too many teeth in their mouth or not enough space as in the case of teenagers needing their wisdom teeth extracted.
To restore chewing function and prevent adjacent teeth from shifting, an extracted tooth is normally replaced by a bridge, implant, or removable partial dentures.
At the Keely N. Lawson dental practice, we consider extractions a last resort but if truly necessary, we make the procedure as easy and pain-free for you as possible.