As dentists, we always advise that you keep your teeth for as long as possible. But sometimes it’s best to perform tooth extractions, and when required, we can do so gently and painlessly.
There are several reasons why you might need to have tooth extractions, such as:
- Severe tooth decay or infection – teeth can sometimes be infected right in the pulp. Usually, when this occurs, root canal is recommended. However, if this is not possible or not successful, then extraction may be necessary to avoid spread of infection.
- Severe gum disease – also known as periodontal disease, this is where the tissues and bone surrounding the teeth become infected, which may loosen the tooth. Extraction will then be necessary.
- A crack or fracture – sometimes, teeth are cracked or fractured too badly to be salvaged and will need to be removed.
- An inability to be restored after endodontics – as above, if an infected tooth cannot be restored through root canal or endodontics, extraction is required so that infection does not spread.
- An extra tooth is blocking other teeth from growing in – to avoid crowding or potential infection, the extra tooth will need to be removed.
- To make room for orthodontic work – sometimes, the tooth needs to be extracted so that the remaining teeth can be realigned.
- Cosmetic reasons – a tooth may be badly discoloured and needs to be removed and possibly replaced with a tooth implant and crown
- Financial reasons – sometimes, saving a tooth through extensive endodontic work or purchasing a crown is not financially affordable, so extraction is the realistic option.
For more information about the types of tooth extractions commonly performed, and what you can expect, read our article on dental extractions here >