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 a 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, especially if you have other health problems that are altering or compromising your immune system
- 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.
The Tooth Extraction Process
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.
Think You Need a Tooth Extraction? Contact The Lewisville Dentist
If you’re in pain or suspect that one of your teeth may need to be extracted, call, text, or email The Lewisville Dentist today. We help patients with all kinds of extractions, from baby teeth to wisdom teeth.