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Tooth extractions are sometimes necessary for various reasons, and you might be wondering what exactly a tooth extraction entails. A tooth extraction is when your dentist pulls a tooth from its socket in the bone. Typically, a tooth is extracted more as a last resort, after considering other restoration options are considered. Sometimes a tooth has suffering from too much decay or damage from trauma to be repaired. Factors that lead to the need for an extraction can include the following:

— You have extra teeth which are blocking other teeth from coming in.

— If a baby tooth doesn’t fall out when it is supposed to so that the permanent tooth is able to come in.

— If you are going to be getting braces, and need room for the new position of the teeth.

— If you are undergoing radiation to the head and neck area.

— If teeth have become infected from using cancer drugs, and your immune system is compromised.

— If you have had an organ transplant and teeth can become infected.

— Your wisdom teeth may need extraction before or after they come in. If they have decay, are causing you pain, or have an infection or a cyst, they may require removal.

Having a tooth extracted can prevent further damage to a tooth as well as prevent an infection. At Professional Dental Care, our dentist, Dr. Lynn Leyde, performs tooth extractions and dental implant restorations for our patients in Shoreline, Washington and the surrounding areas. Our goal is to make your smile healthy and natural looking. If you are experiencing a problem with your tooth, please give our skilled team a call at 206-546-8377 and let us help you restore your healthy, confident smile!