Sometimes a tooth extraction is necessary. Your dentist will always try to save all your natural teeth, but at times the only other option is to pull a damaged tooth before it causes more harm. The reasons why the dentist may decide on a tooth extraction are:

  • Severe decay that compromises the health of the tooth and surrounding gums and teeth – decays sometimes (especially if untreated for too long) can destroy too much of the healthy tooth structure. In that case the extraction can be only option to protect other teeth.
  • Abscessed tooth or damaged tooth from trauma – tooth abscess, trauma or injury to your tooth can possible cause for a tooth to die. It’s important to treat a dying or dead tooth as soon as possible. That’s because left untreated, the bacteria from the dead tooth can spread and lead to the loss of additional teeth. It could also affect your gums.
  • Orthodontic correction – sometimes it is impossible to provide a successful orthodontic treatment where there is dental overcrowding without extracting adult teeth to create space for the desired tooth movement. 
  • Fractured teeth or roots – if the dentist is not able to piece your tooth back together, especially if it’s broken into multiple parts they might suggest an extraction as an only option. A simple or surgical extraction takes the remaining pieces out, and you may end up getting a bridge or dental implants in the future depending on the location and type of tooth.
  • Periodontal disease and gum disease – gum disease can cause a damage to the bone. When it reaches the point that the tooth is no longer supported can be a reason you need to have tooth extractions.
  • Your dentist might also suggest the removal of your wisdom teeth if there are issues with them. Wisdom teeth appear uneventfully usually between the ages of 17 and 24 but they can come through much later than this. Occasionally they can cause problems like:
  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Recurring infections
  • Abscesses in gums
  • Overcrowding

And because of one or few of that reasons they may need removing. Should your wisdom teeth require removal, your dentist will explain the procedure itself, the sedation options (if required), and anticipated aftercare.

When your teeth are extracted, they are removed completely. You will be under local anaesthesia to prevent any pain. Before the extraction, a thorough examination of the tooth and surrounding tissues must be performed, and the dentist will explain the whole procedure and give you an instruction what to do after the extraction to prevent infection and support healing.