Tooth extraction means to have a tooth pulled. There are a number of reasons why Dr. R. Erik Cantwell may recommend tooth extraction in West Jordan, Utah. Your teeth may be too crowded to allow room for new teeth to grow in. New teeth will become trapped, or impacted, between the gums and the jawbone. If a tooth is too badly damaged for root canal therapy to cure, the tooth may be extracted to avoid the spread of infection. If a patient has a compromised immune system, a tooth will be extracted if there is a risk of infection. If gingivitis—an infection that attacks the gums and bones that surround and support the teeth—causes one or more teeth to loosen, our dentist may recommend pulling them.

Our dentist even performs wisdom teeth extractions. Patients usually have their wisdom teeth extracted. This extraction corrects a current dental problem or prevents problems that the wisdom teeth may cause in the future. The following are problems that can occur when the wisdom teeth come in:

• Your jaw may not be large enough for them and they may become impacted.
• Your wisdom teeth may only break through the gums partially, which causes a flap of gum tissue to grow over them. This can cause infection.
• The impacted tooth can cause infection, damage to nearby teeth and bone, or a cyst.
• One or more wisdom teeth may come in at an awkward angle.

To learn more and to schedule an appointment, contact Copper Ridge Dental today.