From time to time, teeth may need to be extracted (pulled out/removed). This may be necessary if there is significant decay, crowding, or severe damage due to trauma or disease. In some cases, baby teeth may need to be extracted if they are not falling out on their own or particular teeth may be extracted for orthodontic purposes.
These teeth usually appear around the late teenage years but sometimes even later. Today, people often have jaws that are too small for all 32 teeth – most people have room for around 28 teeth. If you already have 28 healthy teeth, there may not be enough room for your wisdom teeth to come through properly and so in certain cases, we may recommend that they be extracted.
Wisdom teeth are typically removed if they are causing repeated infection, pain or discomfort, if they are decayed (these teeth can be difficult to keep clean), if they are stuck in the jaw (impacted) or if they will cause crowding. Problems with wisdom teeth will usually be apparent during a regular exam or with an x-ray but also feel free to speak to a member of our team if you are experiencing any pain or discomfort and we will advise you if the extraction of your wisdom teeth is recommended. For difficult extractions, we will refer you to see an oral surgeon.