When Does a Tooth Need to Be Extracted?
There are times when it is necessary to have teeth pulled. Sometimes a baby tooth has misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, and a tooth extraction is needed to make way for the permanent tooth to erupt. At other times, a tooth may have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth and jaw at risk of decay, so it may be recommended that a tooth extraction is required and replaced with a bridge or dental implant. Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require a tooth extraction.
When it is determined that a patient needs one or more teeth pulled, many times it can be done during a regular family dentistry checkup. In other instances, a separate appointment may be necessary.
After a tooth extraction, neighboring teeth may shift causing problems with chewing or with your jaw joint function. To avoid these complications, they can recommend options to replace the extracted tooth with a bridge, partial or implant.
Common Reasons for Tooth Extraction
There are many reasons why a tooth extraction is necessary:
- Crowding — If the teeth are crowded in your mouth, you may need to have teeth pulled.
- Infection — Most often, either antibiotics, a root canal or a combination of both can save a tooth. However, if the infection is severe, they may need to perform a tooth extraction. Even if there is a risk of infection, getting teeth pulled is the best course of action in some cases.
- Periodontal (Gum) Disease — If you have gum disease in an advanced stage and your tooth is unsaveable and very loose, a tooth extraction may be necessary.
- Blocking — If a tooth or some of your teeth are blocking other teeth from coming in, you may need to get teeth pulled.
- Broken teeth — If you have a tooth or teeth that are fractured or broke, you may need to get those teeth pulled.
- Dentures — If you are getting dentures, you may need to have teeth pulled so the dentures will fit properly.
- Tooth shape or appearance — If you have a tooth or teeth that are malformed or have a poor appearance, you may need a tooth extraction.
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