There are times when it is necessary to have teeth pulled. Sometimes a baby tooth is misshapen or has 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 getting the tooth pulled and replaced with a bridge or tooth implant. Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require a tooth extraction.
Some Common Reasons to Get a Tooth Pulled
- A crowded mouth | If your mouth is getting crowded, often your dentist or orthodontist will have a tooth pulled to make room to create a beautiful smile.
- Infection | Most of the time with infection in teeth, it can be treated with filling, such as with a cavity, or with a root canal if the infection is more extensive. However, at times it is necessary to have the tooth pulled.
- Risk of infection | If you have other health problems that are altering or compromising your immune system, it may be necessary to have a tooth extraction if you have a tooth that is infected.
- Periodontal (gum) disease | If periodontal disease–an infection of the tissues and bones that surround and support the teeth–have caused loosening of the teeth, it may be necessary to have a tooth pulled.
When it is determined that a patient needs a tooth pulled, many times it can be done during a regular family dentistry checkup. In other instances, a separate appointment may be necessary for a tooth extraction. As is the case with all dental treatment in our office, you have your choice of various dental sedation options for your comfort.
After a tooth extraction, neighboring teeth may shift causing problems with chewing or with your jaw joint function. To avoid these complications, we can recommend options to replace the extracted tooth with a dental bridge, a partial bridge or a dental implant. Call today!