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When is tooth extraction necessary?
Most tooth decay can be successfully treated with a filling, inlay, onlay or crown, assuming that there is enough healthy tooth structure to support one of these options. When there is not enough healthy tooth remaining, extraction can be the best choice for relieving pain and preventing the spread of infection.
Although permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, extractions can be necessary due to the following:
- Crowded mouth
Making room for incoming teeth or, prior to an orthodontic realignment when teeth are too large, wisdom teeth or third molars are often removed to prevent crowding and discomfort.
When root canal therapy and antibiotics can’t halt an infection or when a patient has a compromised immune system.
- Severe decay
When there is no longer enough healthy tooth surface to support a crown, inlay or onlay.
- Periodontal disease
Loosening due to the recession of gum and bone tissue holding the tooth in place.
An impact to the mouth can break teeth above and below the gumline. When limited viable structure remains intact, tooth extraction and replacement becomes the best option.
Diagnosis and treatment
To determine if an extraction is the right option for you, we’ll need to conduct an exam, which typically includes taking x-rays. If the tooth cannot be saved, it’s important to extract it as soon as possible to prevent infection in the tooth and jawbone. Our doctors will take every step to ensure your comfort during this brief procedure. In most cases, we recommend replacing an extracted tooth to preserve the jawbone and stabilize your bite. We’ll talk with you about replacement options at the time of your examination.