Extractions are the removal of teeth. Extractions will be performed for many different reasons, but most often to remove teeth that
- cannot be restored due to decay, trauma or fracture
- are impacted in the jaw bone and may cause infection or crowding (Wisdom Teeth)
- are crowded and need to be removed to create space for the straightening of the other teeth.
Extractions are routinely performed by using local anesthetic while the patient is awake, thereby removing some of the stress associated with surgical procedures such as general anesthesia.
Extractions are not difficult in terms of recovery as long as the patient follows the post-operative instructions.