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5 Reasons to Pull a Tooth

Having a tooth pulled is probably the last thing in the world you would want to have done. And believe it or not, it is not a favorite for your dentist either, even though it is probably one of the most common procedures to have done at the dentist’s office, next to fillings.

Dentists don’t like to do teeth extractions because it is seen as a last resort. Once an adult tooth is gone, it is gone for good.

People need to have their teeth pulled for many reasons, but here are the five most common:

1. Tooth decay – If much of the tooth is gone and the decay is starting to eat away at the root of the tooth, and the tooth can’t be saved by a root canal, the dentist will opt to remove it.  Otherwise, the decay will start to spread to adjacent teeth. If a tooth has reached this point, the patient is also likely to be in a great amount of pain.

2. Overcrowding – As permanent teeth come in, the teeth sometimes grow on top of each other, or the baby teeth remain intact and blocking development of the new tooth. In this situation, the dentist will remove the tooth to promote healthy growth.

3. Impacted wisdom teeth – Wisdom teeth generally come in sometime during your late teens or early adulthood. When there isn’t enough room for them in the far back of the mouth, they can be blocked inside the gums, which can become very painful. The only way to relieve the pain is to extract the wisdom teeth.

4. Periodontal disease – In the advanced stages of gum disease, teeth can become loose. Sometimes, the dentist will opt to remove the tooth.

5. Risk of infection – If your immune system is in a weakened state due to disease such as cancer, an infected tooth could seriously compromise the health of the patient. To lessen that risk, your dentist or doctor might recommend the tooth be pulled.

Posted on behalf of Park South Dentistry


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