By James Pechloff, DDS
May 09, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Tooth Extraction  

Find out whether or not having a tooth removed might be the best option for your smile.tooth extraction

No one likes to think about having a tooth pulled. Even though the procedure is painless the idea of losing a tooth might be confusing or even upsetting. While our goal as your Wauwatosa, WI dentist, Dr. James Pechloff, is to make sure that you keep your full, healthy smile, there are moments in which we might recommend a tooth extraction to protect and preserve your oral health.

Here’s when a tooth extraction might be necessary:

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars to come in and they usually appear anywhere from 17 to 25 years old. While they aren’t necessary for maintaining a healthy, strong smile, if they come in healthy and don’t negatively affect your smile then they won’t have to be removed; however, in most instances, wisdom teeth cause issues and need to be extracted.

For instance, they may be impacted, which means they don’t fully erupt from the gums, or they may damage neighboring teeth or increase your chances of decay or infection. When this happens our Wauwatosa general dentist will advise you to have your wisdom teeth removed.


If you are dealing with crowding and you are planning on getting braces to correct the misalignment, then you may also benefit from having one or two teeth pulled prior to treatment. While this isn’t always the case, if you are dealing with severe crowding then having a tooth pulled may free up enough space to make orthodontic treatment more effective.

A Severe Fracture or Decay

In most cases, damage due to trauma or decay can be treated while still preserving the tooth; however, if the damage is severe enough or extends past the gum line then the tooth may not be able to be saved. While this isn’t common it’s still a possibility. In this case, the best option is to remove the tooth and then choose an ideal replacement.

An Infection

Sometimes bacteria are able to get through the hard outer layers of the tooth and infect the inside of the tooth, known as the dental pulp. If caught early enough our dentist can just perform a simple root canal treatment to clean out the tooth and preserve it. However, if a root canal doesn’t effectively treat the infection then a tooth extraction may be necessary.

Whether you have questions about getting a tooth extracted or you want to know whether it’s time to have your wisdom teeth removed, our Wauwatosa, WI dental team is here to provide your smile with the care it needs. Call us today!