Why does my tooth need to be extracted?
Some common reasons that a tooth may need to be extracted are:
- Dental Crowding: Sometimes, teeth that appear to be healthy still need to be removed due to too many teeth present in the mouth. The average human jaw can fit in only a certain number of teeth; if a young patient still has their baby teeth (deciduous teeth), or if you are someone who is born with too many teeth, or the mouth is too small for all the teeth to fit in the jaw, you may be recommended for a tooth extraction procedure.
- Infection and/or Decay: If a tooth is decaying or has been infected, the tooth has to be treated in the early stages so the oral specialist can work to repair the tooth with a dental filling. If the tooth is left untreated, decay grows and affects the tooth, which may now require root canal therapy, a crown, or extraction.
- Loose Teeth from Oral Disease: Patients who are diagnosed with periodontal or gum disease may experience a shift in their teeth or notice their teeth become loose or seriously infected.
- Trauma: Teeth can easily be fractured or broken due to an accident or during a serious trauma. There has to be a viable tooth structure remaining for a filling or crown to work, but it may be recommended that the tooth be removed.
- Failed Root Canal Treatment
- Vertical Cracks/Fractures of Teeth
When teeth become damaged, sometimes they can be restored with nonsurgical treatments. Fillings, root canals, or crowns are all viable solutions for tooth repair. But when the damage is too extensive, your dentist may decide to refer you to an oral surgeon when the tooth is recommended for removal.