Why a Tooth Extraction is Necessary (Sometimes)

Permanent teeth are not meant to be extracted but, in some instances, a tooth extraction is necessary. We have listed some of those instances below:

  • To eliminate overcrowding teeth

This is commonly recommended to patients who have to undergo an orthodontic treatment and there is no room for the teeth to move and realign.

Teeth extractions are recommended when there is not enough space to straighten your teeth.

  • Irreparable tooth damage due to severe decay

The bacteria produced by decay can invade the pulp and cause an infection. In other words, this is when tooth decay reaches the center of the tooth, or pulp. 

A root canal procedure can treat the infection but if the infection is severe, an extraction is performed to avoid the spread of the infection.

  • A solution to periodontal disease

Periodontal disease is caused by a bacteria in dental plaque that is formed on your teeth several hours after eating and without brushing. The earliest stage of periodontal disease is gingivitis which is an infection of the gums. Although, regularly brushing your teeth can help prevent periodontal disease, if the infection becomes too severe an extraction may be necessary. 

  • Impacted Teeth

An impacted tooth is essentially just a blocked tooth, or when the gums do not fully erupt preventing the tooth from coming out.  While this is typically the case for wisdom teeth, an extraction may be necessary.