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Reasons to Remove a Tooth?

Posted in cosmetic dentistry, Dental Bridge, Dental Implant, General Dentistry, Tooth Extraction, and Wisdom Teeth

Understanding Tooth Extraction

Although there are reasons why a tooth may need to be removed, we believe it’s important to know a few facts about tooth extraction. Even if you are suffering pain it doesn’t always mean that its time to pull a tooth. Therefore, before you take this drastic but sometimes necessary step consider some other symptoms that require tooth extraction.

Remember that although pain is an obvious precursor to a tooth removal, it is also something that can easily be treated with over the counter painkillers. However, severely infected teeth, or extremely damaged teeth that can’t be repaired are the two main reasons a dentist will recommend removing a tooth. Sometimes if a patient continues to suffer from pain after a tooth repair such as a filling, crown, or root canal an extraction may be the solution.

Other Reasons to Remove a Tooth

There are also other reasons to remove a tooth not related to pain or discomfort. For example, if there is not enough space for a tooth it might be removed. Or, if a newly erupted tooth is putting too much pressure on other teeth it could be removed. Orthodontic treatments also sometimes require tooth extraction to simplify the alignment of other teeth.

Wisdom Tooth Removal

We cannot fail to mention wisdom teeth in a blog about tooth extraction. Third molars (wisdom teeth) are the most extracted teeth. This is because most people do not have enough space for them. Commonly, they are positioned poorly and they become crowded and hard to clean. Wisdom teeth that don’t erupt and stay embedded in the bone are know as impacted wisdom teeth. Impacted third molars can also cause different dental problems.

Wisdom teeth are removed if they show signs of infection, damage, or crowding. They are also removed if they are not easily cleaned or maintained, because inevitably they will decay or become a source of infection.  Another common reason to remove wisdom teeth is if they are not fully functional in your bite or cause your bite to become awkward.

Fill in the Gap

Whatever the reason for your tooth extraction, it often leaves an obvious gap. Leaving a space in your teeth is not recommended. Not only does it affect how you look, it will also affect how you eat, and can even have a significant impact on your speech. Our next blog will consider ways to restore your smile and fill in the gaps.

Erbsville Dental provides tooth extraction if a tooth cannot be saved. There are also many great cosmetic and functional solutions for after a tooth is removed. In addition, wisdom tooth removal is done on-site in Erbsville Dentals new surgical suite. Make an appointment today if you need tooth extraction or cosmetic dentistry. We are Caring, Friendly, and Experienced.

This article is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Accordingly, always seek the advice of your Dentist or other healthcare providers regarding a dental condition or treatment.