Why You May Need a Tooth Extraction

Why You May Need a Tooth Extraction

Teeth extractions are a very common procedure that is typically easy to accomplish. Your dentist may suggest to you a tooth extraction for a variety of reasons.

Some of the reasons are:

  • An extraction can alleviate crowding
  • A tooth that is severely decayed may need extraction
  • Some baby teeth must be extracted to allow the permanent tooth to emerge
  • A tooth that is damaged due to trauma may need to be extracted
  • The majority of wisdom teeth are problematic and must be extracted
  • Teeth are typically extracted to facilitate dentures
  • Extractions may be necessary due to periodontal disease (gum disease)

One of the most common reasons for extraction is tooth decay. When a cavity sets into one of your teeth, it starts to eat away at the protective layer of the tooth called the enamel. Eventually, the bacteria in the cavity can eat away at so much of your tooth that it can cause serious damage. Most of the time the damage can be corrected by grinding away the damaged portion of the tooth and putting in a filling or a crown. Some more extreme cases would require a root canal to save the tooth. However, some cases of tooth decay are so severe that the tooth cannot be saved, and must be extracted.

No matter your specific reasons for considering a tooth extraction, there may still be some questions that you have.

What to Expect During a Tooth Extraction

The procedure itself is very easy. The dentist will discuss with you the need for antibiotics before or after extraction. Then, they will numb the surrounding area so that you won’t feel any pain during the procedure. The dentist will then use forceps to gently rock the tooth back and forth to loosen it and then pull it out. Small stitches may be placed over the operation site to facilitate quicker healing.

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