Reasons for Tooth Extraction

Reasons for Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction is whereby a tooth is permanently extracted from its socket. Many dentists do not like extracting teeth. They take pleasure in fixing them until they reach the end. Tooth extraction is not a pleasure for the patient either. If you have to lose a tooth, there is no need to worry. You can replace it with dental implants. Dental implants mimic your original teeth. They look and function the same as original teeth. Here are some reasons why you may have to extract a tooth.

Severe Tooth Cavities

A tooth can be removed if it has severe cavities. If your tooth has extensive damages from cavities, extraction is the only option. Cavities are caused by poor oral hygiene. Calcium and vitamin deficiency are also a major cause of cavities. If the tooth has a severe cavity, it is removed to prevent the decay from spreading into the gum and bone.

Impacted Tooth

An impacted tooth erupts abnormally causing problems in the mouth. It may erupt twisted or in the wrong angle. An impacted tooth causes problems to the adjacent teeth. In this case, extraction is a good solution. Sometimes, an impacted tooth can be fixed with braces. Severe cases call for an extraction.

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease affects the gum and soft tissues in the mouth. The advanced stage of periodontal disease causes tooth damage. Some conditions such as gingivitis can make teeth fall out without extraction. A disease that injures gums and ligaments result in loose teeth. In some cases, teeth have to be surgically removed to save the gum and jaw.

Overcrowded Teeth

Dental problems arise were teeth are overcrowded. Some people’s dental arrangement results in overcrowding. Extracting some teeth becomes necessary. The remaining teeth can be realigned using braces or the Invisalign® method. In some cases, the wisdom teeth overgrow and they overcrowd other molars. Since they serve no functional purpose, it is better to have them removed.

Tooth Breakage

In some cases, a section of a tooth may break off. This could be a result of disease, cavity, or vitamin deficiency. If more than half the tooth breaks off, then it is time to remove the other half. Sometimes, a broken tooth can be fixed with a dental crown. In extreme conditions, tooth extraction is inevitable.

Traumatic Injuries

Blunt trauma to the teeth can cause multiple breakages. Accidents are the main reason for patients to lose teeth from blunt trauma. Extreme sports activities also lead to teeth injuries. Sometimes, accidents cause fractured jawbones. The dentist has to extract some teeth to fix the jaw injuries. If the injury cannot be fixed with veneers or crowns, the dentist extracts the teeth and installs dental implants.

Facial Reconstruction

In some cases, facial reconstruction surgery requires teeth extraction. Sometimes, it is done during the process of facial restoration surgery. Adult patients with cleft-palate syndrome may require teeth extraction during reconstructive surgery. Cosmetic facial reconstruction can also lead to teeth removal. However, these days having a tooth removed is not so bad. You can have a dental implant as a replacement for the lost tooth.

For more information on tooth extraction, visit Attuned Dental Care at our offices in Milpitas, California. You can call us at 408-263-3090 to book an appointment.


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