• When a tooth cannot be saved or the patient is at risk for developing an infection in surrounding teeth an extraction may be recommended by our Seattle dentist. A tooth with a severe crack may need to be extracted. There are other situations that make it totally impossible to save a tooth and therefore the dentist will be forced to extract it. For most people this would be a traumatic experience, however your Seattle or Whole Earth Dentistry dentist will discuss all your options with you so that you can decide which solution would be best for you under the circumstances.