When a tooth has a bad infection or becomes impacted, Drs. David, Samuel, and Augustine Borgmeyer may suggest a tooth extraction in St. Louis, Missouri. Tooth extraction means to have a tooth pulled.

Despite the fact that permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, there are several reasons why extraction may be necessary. If your mouth is too crowded, your teeth may become crooked. Our dentists may pull a tooth to prevent this or to allow orthodontics to be performed. Another reason teeth may be extracted is if they are too infected to be treated by root canal therapy. Extraction may be recommended to prevent the infection from spreading. For patients with a compromised immune system, even the risk of tooth infection is reason enough to extract a tooth. If a patient has advanced periodontal disease (an infection that attacks the tissues and bones that surround and support the teeth), causing permanent teeth to become loose, it may be necessary to extract the teeth.

If a tooth becomes impacted, or entrapped between the jawbone and gums, because it cannot break through the gums, oral surgery may be necessary. Wisdom teeth often require surgical extraction. Our dentists may recommend the use of a strong general anesthetic that will cause you to sleep through the procedure.

To learn more and schedule an appointment, we invite you to contact Borgmeyer Dental today.