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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 a tooth extraction can include the following:

— There are extra teeth which are blocking other teeth from coming in.

— A baby tooth is blocking a permanent tooth from coming in.

— You need to get braces, but there is no room for the new position of the teeth.

— You are undergoing radiation to the head and neck area.

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

— If you have had an organ transplant and their is a risk for the 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. While tooth extractions are not taken lightly, they are sometimes unavoidable. At Holmes Family Dental, our skilled dentists, Dr. Nicole Holmes and Dr. Dan Holmes, perform tooth extractions and dental implant restorations for our patients in Fort Collins, Colorado, and the surrounding areas. Our goal is to ensure your healthy and natural looking smile for years to come. If you are experiencing a problem with your tooth, please give our caring team a call at 970-221-2499 and let us help you restore your healthy, confident smile!