Do Dentists Still Extract Teeth?

tooth-extractionWith all of today’s modern technology that seems like a good question, right? Your natural tooth structure should be saved whenever possible, and that’s why there are so many treatment options available today. Although dental implants are one of those options, your natural tooth root is, of course, preferable, if only because you won’t have to undergo the inconvenience, discomfort, and expense of a dental procedure.  However, there are reasons why your dentist may need to extract your tooth. Take our quiz below to find out more!

True Or False Quiz

  1. True or False: In dentistry today, a tooth extraction is always the last option.
  2. True or False: The teeth that are most commonly extracted are wisdom teeth.
  3. True or False: A severely damaged, or severely infected tooth may need extracting.
  4. True or False: If a tooth does not respond to root canal therapy it may need to be extracted.

Answers:

  1. True: Because it is always best to save your original tooth, if possible, dentists will do all they can not to extract a tooth. That may be why some people honestly wonder if dentists still extract teeth!
  2. True: In many cases, wisdom teeth may become impacted (unable to erupt) due to lack of space on your dental ridges. When this happens your other teeth can become damaged, crooked, or an infection may develop. Because we don’t really need our wisdom teeth due to evolution, they are often extracted before problems arise.
  3. True: If your tooth becomes infected and does not respond to antibiotic treatment, your dentist will need to extract it to prevent the infection from spreading.
  4. True: Although root canals are a very successful treatment, there are instances when a root canal treatment may fail. In such cases, your tooth may need to be extracted and replaced with a dental bridge or implant.