Our goal is always to preserve a patient’s natural teeth whenever possible. However, a tooth that has become damaged beyond repair due to decay or injury may need to be extracted. While this is not an ideal situation, it may be the best option based on the extent of the damage, and from there, the patient can explore tooth replacement options to restore function and aesthetics.
In other cases, wisdom teeth can become impacted or erupt in such a way as to crowd the other teeth. When this happens, it can change a person’s bite, cause teeth to become misaligned, or even lead to TMD and other painful issues. More often than not, the dentist will recommend that some or all of a patient’s wisdom teeth be extracted to prevent or correct such issues.