Common Reasons for a Tooth Extraction

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Although many problems with the teeth can be corrected by restorations or other dental procedures, occasionally a situation arises where tooth extraction is the only option. Most commonly, teeth must be extracted because they are impacted and cannot emerge properly. However, there are other occasions when a tooth extraction is necessary.

Reasons for Tooth Extraction

The most common reason for tooth extraction is an impacted tooth that cannot emerge properly from the gums. This often happens with wisdom teeth, which are the last molars to emerge. Most people do not have sufficient room for these teeth, so they become impacted or even infected. When this occurs, your dentist will probably recommend that you have the tooth removed.

Other common reasons for extraction include:

  • Damage to a tooth that is so severe it cannot be restored
  • Decay that is too extensive to allow restoration
  • A tooth already treated with a root canal becomes reinfected and a second root canal is not an option
  • To make room for other teeth in cases where the mouth is severely crowded

Your dentist will evaluate these issues on a case-by-case basis to determine whether extraction is the best option. In most cases, your dentist will want to do everything possible to preserve the tooth.

What Can I Expect from a Tooth Extraction?

If you need to have your tooth removed, your dentist will talk to you about the method to be used. If a tooth has already emerged and has been damaged or is causing other teeth to move out of position, your dentist might remove it in his office under local anesthesia. If the tooth is impacted, which is common with wisdom teeth, you might need to see an oral surgeon and have the tooth extracted under general anesthesia.

After your tooth has been removed, your dentist will provide you with instructions on how to take care of your mouth. This includes being very careful about how you eat, drink, and clean your teeth in order to avoid dry socket or infection. After your tooth extraction, if you experience any unusual symptoms such as excessive bleeding or discomfort, you should see our dentist as soon as possible.