At Whole-Body Dentistry, we make every effort to make certain an extraction is performed only as a last resort; and when necessary is extracted painlessly and the bone thoroughly cleaned out to prevent any bacterial growth and infection. An extraction is the complete removal of a permanent tooth. Depending on the difficulty of the extraction and whether or not the tooth is impacted or erupted, and whether it has straight or curved roots, the extraction may be performed at Whole-Body Dentistry and in some instances referred to an Oral Surgeon.
There are many reasons for an extraction. Some of these include: Advanced Gum Disease; An abscessed tooth that cannot be saved; A tooth with decay too deep to save; A tooth that has broken at the gum line and cannot be saved; An impacted tooth (many people may be familiar with an impacted "Wisdom Tooth"); Some Orthodontic cases require that one or more teeth be extracted. A patient may also choose to have a tooth extracted in an effort to avoid a root canal, or to eliminate a root canal tooth that may have become infected.
Whatever the reason may be for an extraction, it is important that every effort be made to properly clean the extraction socket of the tooth and bone in order to insure proper healing and prevention of a Cavitation.