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A dental extraction is the removal of a tooth from the mouth.

Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons, including:

  • Tooth decay that has destroyed enough tooth structure to render the tooth non-restorable
  • Extractions of impacted or problematic wisdom teeth are routinely performed, as are extractions of some permanent teeth to make space for orthodontic treatment

There are additional reasons for tooth extraction:

  • Severe gum disease which may affect the supporting tissues and bone structures of the teeth
  • Teeth which cannot be restored  via endodontic treatment
  • Fractured teeth
  • Supernumerary, supplementary or malformed teeth