Dentists generally try to preserve an adult tooth at any cost, opting for bridges, crowns and fillings before resorting to an extraction. But sometimes removing a tooth is an absolute necessity in order to preserve the integrity or health of the patient’s mouth.
There are a number of reasons why a tooth extraction might be needed. These include:
Damage or Decay – Sometimes, the tooth is so badly eroded either from trauma or injury, or from such bad decay that the tooth just cannot be saved. This is the most common reason, by far, for a tooth extraction.
Severe Gum Disease – Gum disease can sometimes affect the supporting bone structures and tissues of a tooth, loosening it and making it necessary for the tooth or teeth to be pulled.
Overcrowding – Whether it’s a wisdom tooth that doesn’t have room to grow at the back of the mouth or a tooth that’s standing in the way of orthodontics or dentures, overcrowding can be a good reason for having a tooth or teeth pulled.
Risk of Infection – If the body’s immune system is compromised in any way – if the person has cancer, for example – this may be a good reason for a tooth extraction.
Cost – Sometimes, a tooth extraction makes sense cost-wise when compared to other more expensive treatments, such as crowns or bridges.
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