6. EXTRACTIONS (REMOVAL OF TEETH)
Teeth may need to be extracted for various reasons, such as non-restorability, lack of bone support, part of orthodontic treatment, impactions, etc. There are alternatives to the removal of treatment teeth and these options include root canal treatment, periodontal treatment, and crowns. Removal of teeth does not always remove the infection, if present and further treatment may be necessary. There are risks involved in having teeth removed, including, but not limited to pain, swelling, spread of infection, dry socket, bruises, loss of feeling in the teeth, lips, tongue and surrounding tissues (which is usually temporary, but in rare cases is permanent), sinus involvement, referral to a specialist may be needed, requiring further treatment and additional cost.