Dr. Kilby may recommend extracting a tooth if:
Your tooth is too damaged by a fracture or deep cavity to repair.
You have a sizable infection that cannot be resolved by a root canal alone.
You have teeth that are blocking other teeth from coming in. These may be extra teeth or baby teeth that have not fallen out yet.
You are getting braces and need to get rid of a tooth that is crowding others.
Wisdom teeth, which typically come in during your teens or twenties, may need to be extracted if they are decayed, infected, or causing pain. They may get impacted—stuck underneath other teeth—which also requires extraction.