Despite the fact that permanent teeth were meant to last a patient’s whole life, there are several reasons why they may need to be removed. Dr. Dennis Burrell performs tooth extraction in University Place, Washington. Tooth extraction means having a tooth pulled. Our dentist can extract wisdom teeth (or third molars) and incisors, among other teeth.

When a patient has a crowded mouth, a tooth may not be able to erupt through the gum line because there is no room. When this happens, the tooth becomes impacted, or trapped, between the jawbone and the gums. This can result in swelling, pain, and infection. If a tooth has decay that is too severe to be treated by root canal therapy, our dentist may extract it so that the infection does not spread. Some patients have compromised immune systems because of medical treatments like chemotherapy. For them, even the risk of infection is reason enough to have a tooth extracted. Gum disease is an infection that attacks the gums and bone that surround and support the teeth. If this disease has caused teeth to become loose, our dentist may extract them.

We welcome you to contact Dr. Dennis Burrell and Associates, PC today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.