Do you need a tooth extraction?
Dr. Rink is both honest and conservative in his treatment recommendations. Therefore, he will never suggest extraction unless it is absolutely essential. He will first conduct a complete exam to determine whether a filling, crown, or root canal therapy will be enough to save your tooth. Nevertheless, in some cases, extraction may be the most appropriate option.
These situations may include:
- Severe decay that has destroyed most of your tooth. In this case, there will not be enough healthy tissue to support a filling or crown
- A badly cracked tooth, and the crack extends all the way to the root
- A dental infection that is too severe for root canal therapy
- A compromised immune system that makes root canal therapy unwise
- Severe crowding, where an extraction would create more room in your mouth
- Wisdom tooth removal
In some cases, you may need to have more than one tooth removed, particularly if infection or decay has spread throughout your mouth.