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Simple or Complex Extraction, Including Wisdom Teeth in Anjou

Tooth extraction is indicated when:

  • The cavity is extensive and deep, compromising the long-term integrity of the tooth
  • The tooth is cracked or broken through to the root
  • The remaining dental structure is not strong enough to support a crown
  • The teeth are loose due to trauma or chronic gum disease (periodontal disease)

An extraction can be simple or complex. A simple extraction means that the dentist can remove the tooth simply by pulling it out. A complex extraction is when dental surgery is required. In both cases, the dentist makes sure that the bleeding is under control and that the patient understands the steps to follow after the procedure.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to develop. They are located at the back of the mouth, behind the second molars. Their development is usually completed by the end of adolescence. When the patient’s mouth is too small to allow for the wisdom teeth to come through the gums (eruption), they remain either totally or partially impacted, i.e. embedded in the jaw bone, which is considered an abnormal state requiring intervention to extract the tooth or to aid in its eruption.

When wisdom teeth are partially erupted there can be:

  • Infection
  • Inflammation of the surrounding gum tissue
  • The formation of cysts or benign tumours

These problems can occur at the time of eruption of the impacted tooth.

Often, orthodontists will recommend the extraction of wisdom teeth in order to prevent the migration of other teeth during eruption.

When teeth are extracted during adolescence or in the early twenties, healing conditions are more favourable and there are fewer complications.

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