Although we want our permanent teeth to last the rest of our lives, sometimes a tooth or teeth can become damaged by decay or trauma (accidents or injuries). Sometimes,when this occurs, we recommend that they be extracted or removed in order to prevent the onset of more serious dental problems. There are a number of other reasons for recommending tooth extractions including:
- Crowded mouth – Sometimes a tooth (or teeth) may have to be sacrificed if there is not enough space in the mouth. Also, an extraction may be necessary when there is not enough room for a tooth to erupt (break through) into the mouth.
- Gum (periodontal) disease – These are infections of the bones and tissues that support and surround the teeth and can cause them to loosen. In this cases, a tooth may need to be extracted
- Infection – When damage or decay extends into the central portion of the tooth (pulp) where blood vessels and nerves are, this allows bacteria to enter and eventually leads to infection. This can usually be corrected with endodontic (root canal) therapy. However, once the decay becomes so severe that the tooth can't be restored, the tooth will need to be extracted.
- Risk of infection – In cases of organ transplant surgery or in patients undergoing chemotherapy treatments, an infected tooth or teeth may to be extracted before these procedures.
No one anticipates or looks forward to having a tooth extracted, and they worry about any pain or discomfort that occurs during and after the procedure. However, we will use ample local anesthesia so that you will feel no pain at all during the procedure.