If you have sustained dental trauma, significant decay, or are suffering from a painful infection, a tooth extraction may be the best method to eliminate pain and save neighboring teeth. Although extraction is rarely our first recommended course of action, in some cases it may be the best way to address the problem.
Dr. Mike Meek and Dr. David J. Tasch of 38th Street Dental coordinate extractions for you with trusted oral surgeons who are located directly next to our Austin, TX, office. To minimize your level of discomfort, your surgeon can also discuss your sedation options with you.
When are Tooth Extractions Necessary?
Although extractions are rarely our first recommendation, there are several conditions which may necessitate the procedure, including:
- Severe decay that has destroyed most of the tooth
- Unsuccessful root canal therapy
- A large crack that extends to the root of the tooth
- Significant structural damage
- Advanced gum disease
- Severe tooth crowding
Our team will perform detailed scans and x-rays to determine if extraction is truly the best solution for your smile.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
Impacted wisdom teeth are one of the most common reasons for extractions. Most patients do not have sufficient room in their jaw to accommodate the third and final set of molars. As a result, wisdom teeth are either unable to erupt from the gums or come in at an angle. This can cause severe inflammation and greatly increases your risk for infection.