Reasons for Tooth Extraction 2018-08-24T13:36:21+00:00

Reasons for Tooth Extraction

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Dental professionals will consider other options before suggesting tooth extraction. However, tooth removal is suggested if maintenance and repair is no longer an option to save the tooth. There are many reasons of tooth extraction.

Here are the most common:


Tooth decay is one of the most common reasons for tooth extraction.  Dentists would usually treat a damaged tooth by using fillings or crowns. Fillings are used to save damaged teeth and restore normal function. Crowns are used to completely cover the tooth from the gum line to the tooth’s whole surface. Tooth decay is caused by poor dental hygiene and irregular oral care. It is prescribed to pay one’s dentist a visit at least every 6 months to have the teeth maintained and to make sure any damages can still be fixed. In cases of severe damage and if none of the fixes will restore the tooth, a tooth extraction will be recommended.


For certain orthodontic procedures, the dentist may require to have a tooth extracted to correct the alignment of one’s dentures.  This normally happens when the teeth are overcrowded. There are times when a tooth cannot come out because there is not enough space in the gums. In this case, to make sure there is room for the extra teeth to be properly aligned, a tooth extraction is advised.


There are some cases wherein tooth extraction is advised especially when it pertains to one’s health.  An example of this may happen if a person undergoes an organ transplant, if the teeth become a source of infection, it may be extracted to prevent further infection.


These are the third molars that appear during the late teen years or 20’s. If the teeth are decayed they may cause pain and swelling. At other times, it may also be infected and may be positioned in a funny angle causing discomfort. When this happens, the impacted wisdom tooth needs to be removed.