When Are Tooth Extractions Necessary?

Posted Jul 21st, 2017

When Are Tooth Extractions Necessary?

Typically, our Delta dentists only consider a tooth extraction when less invasive procedures would likely be fruitless. Here’s why, and when a tooth extraction would be the best option.


Tooth extractions (or the complete removal of the tooth from the mouth) are only necessary in the following situations:

If the tooth is damaged to the degree that it cannot be saved, either by breakage or decay

If the tooth is impacted or otherwise causing damage to the surrounding teeth (as wisdom teeth often do)

Whenever possible, your dentist will choose to preserve a damaged tooth in the mouth, because the empty spaces left by missing teeth can cause a variety of other dental problems. If the problem can be fixed with a filling, inlay, onlay, crown or root canal, these types of restorations are preferable to extractions.

If you have a damaged or painful tooth, please book an appointment with our Surrey & Delta dentists straight away, to have the problem assessed and repaired.