Tooth Extraction

What is a Tooth Extraction?

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.


What are the symptoms or indications?

  • Broken teeth.
  • Cavity (large) in the tooth.
  • Impacted tooth that may lead to damage to adjacent teeth and roots, or that may be associated with a cyst or other pathology.
  • Orthodontic treatment (to create space for treatment purposes).
  • Radiation therapy for oral, head, or neck cancer.
  • Severe pain associated with a tooth.
  • Supernumerary teeth (extra teeth in addition to the typical number of teeth).
  • Teeth involved in jaw fracture.
  • Teeth with severe periodontal (gum) disease.


Where can I learn more?

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Contact Us

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.

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