A tooth extraction is the complete removal of the tooth from your jawbone. This dental procedure is recommended if you have severe tooth decay, the presence of pulpal necrosis or irreversible pulpitis that can’t be treated with endodontics, a fractured tooth, or severe periodontal disease. Additional reasons for the recommendation of a tooth extraction would include an impacted tooth (one that will not erupt into the mouth), as part of a comprehensive orthodontic treatment plan, a tooth associated with pathology, or following a dental injury.
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If you are concerned that you may need a tooth extraction, please schedule an appointment for a free screening exam at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine at (303) 724-6900.