FAQs: Why Do We Need Extractions?

Why do we need extractions? While a dental extraction may seem counterproductive, there are a number of scenarios where removing a tooth is essential for protecting the health and beauty of the smile. With a focus on patient comfort and employing the latest dental technology, we can perform dental extractions in a relaxed environment and even recommend tooth replacement options.

Frequently Asked Questions About Extractions

Question: What does an extraction involve?

Answer: This process involves administering anesthetic to the area surrounding the tooth. The doctor will have carefully examined the area employing digital x-rays and intraoral cameras to ensure the extraction is necessary. The tooth will then be removed.

Question: How do I know if I have an infected tooth?

Answer: Once of the more common reasons for removing a tooth is the event of an infection. Once an infection or abscess reaches the late stages, the tooth may die and require removal before the infection can spread to other teeth or the jawbone. Warning signs of an infection or abscess include tooth sensitivity, toothaches, fever, swelling around the tooth, a foul lasting discharge, and pain when biting down or chewing.

Question: What is wisdom tooth impaction?

Answer: Another reason for taking out a tooth is due to wisdom tooth impaction. Also known as third molars, these are additional molars that arrive when a patient is in his/her late teens or early 20s. Often, the teeth become impacted, which can cause discomfort, misalignment, damage to adjacent teeth, and even lead to infection. We simply remove the teeth before they erupt to keep your smile even and healthy.

Question: Can I receive dental sedation?

Answer: Yes. After reviewing your medical history, we can provide dental sedation to ensure you remain calm and relaxed throughout the procedure.


Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry offer expert services including dental implants, Six Month Smiles, pediatric dentistry, root canals, and teeth whitening in Rochester MN. To schedule a consultation, please call (507) 218-8936. Dr. Gilly Calcagno and Dr. Kara Heimer welcome and serve patients from Rochester, Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and the surrounding communities.