When is tooth extraction absolutely necessary?
If you suffer from one of the following conditions, your dentist or oral surgeon may suggest a tooth extraction.
Don’t worry, with proper care having a tooth extracted is not painful and there are a number of treatment options to replace your missing tooth.
Extreme decay that is not repairable with a filling or crown
For mild decay, a simple filling will restore the tooth to full function. However, severe decay can often only be treated by replacing the entire outside surface with a crown. In extreme cases, where the decay has completely destroyed the structure of a tooth, it will need to be extracted.
Broken tooth from facial trauma
Everyday incidents such as falling off a bike, tripping over a table or being hit in the mouth with a ball have the potential to leave you with a broken tooth. A blow to the mouth can cause damage that can only be repaired after the snapped tooth has been removed.
Problems with your wisdom teeth
Wisdom teeth that are partially erupted or fully impacted below the surface of the gums must be removed to prevent future issues. To learn more about wisdom teeth and their removal, read through the following three posts:
- Why do we have wisdom teeth?
- What is a wisdom tooth?
- What happens if I don’t remove my wisdom teeth?
Your mouth is too crowded
If you have too many teeth for the size of your mouth or your teeth are too large, removing a tooth can provide the necessary space. Once the space is created, your orthodontist can help your remaining teeth move and adjust.
Gum disease or infection
Periodontal disease causes the gum around your tooth to pull back. Exposed areas are at a risk of becoming infected. This is a common cause of tooth loss. Sometimes it is possible for a dental specialist to salvage an infected tooth using root canal therapy. However, where the damage is profound, extraction is necessary to prevent the bacterial infection from spreading.