Third molars, or wisdom teeth, are the last set of permanent molars to emerge. These teeth are also the most likely to require extraction, due to any of several complications. However, other teeth may also require extraction if they cannot be saved by root canal therapy or other treatment. Some of the most common reasons to have teeth extracted include:
Impacted tooth – tooth is trapped beneath bone or gums and not emerging properly
Crowding or small mouth – emerging teeth may cause other teeth to shift or crack due to lack of space
Decay or infection – when a tooth is affected by extreme decay or infection that cannot be corrected with filling or root canal treatment, it may require extraction
Dr. Del Carpio may recommend the extraction of one or more of your teeth if any of these issues apply to you.
For more information or an extraction consultation, contact our office.