No one wants to lose a tooth. As dentists, we try to save as many teeth as we can, but sometimes removing a tooth is the best option for your overall oral health. Here are some conditions that may call for a tooth extraction.
No matter whether you play sports, take a fall, or get into a car accident, accidents happen. a tooth could become irreversibly damaged and need to be removed immediately.
Severe Tooth Decay
Deep tooth decay may leave your teeth non-restorable. Once decay reaches the pulp of the tooth, the roots, the surrounding bone and soft tissues of the jaws and face are at risk for severe infection, leaving extraction as your only option to save your mouth.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
If your teeth are crowding each other, teeth may need to be removed to allow the remaining teeth to grow more easily and straighter.
Unerupted or partially erupted wisdom teeth may also be removed if they are causing pain, don’t have room to erupt, have infection in the overlying gums, or are in a position to cause absorption to the roots of the tooth in front of them.
Avoiding Tooth Extractions
Good old fashioned oral hygiene will help to prevent cavities from forming. Regular dental visits, brushing and flossing daily, avoiding sugary drinks and food, and refraining tobacco use all contribute to good oral health and keep your teeth from needing to be pulled.