When Teeth Extraction Is Necessary

There are a number of teeth replacement techniques that can be used in case of tooth loss, and they perform well enough. However, they are not as perfect as your natural teeth. This is why your family dentist will always strive to save your natural teeth, unless it's impossible or can lead to more complications. Here are some of the circumstances in which an extraction may be the best way forward:

The Teeth Have Failed To Erupt Properly

There are cases where a tooth fails to erupt fully; in such a case, the whole tooth or part of it remains under the gums. In such a case, the partially erupted tooth is not only useless, but it may also cause you intense pain and other dental complications. In such a case, the tooth has to be pulled out to avoid complications. The wisdom teeth, which are the hindmost molars in your mouth and appear in early adulthood, are some of the most commonly affected teeth when it comes to improper eruption.

Your Mouth Is Overcrowded With Teeth

There are also cases where you have to pull a tooth because your mouth is overcrowded with teeth. This is necessary in cases of severe malocclusion because overcrowding limits the available space that your teeth can use to move into their correct positions. In such a case, you may have to pull out a tooth to create room for the others to move before commencing standard orthodontic treatments.

You Have a High Risk of Infection

It may also be a good idea to remove an infected tooth if you have a compromised immune system. A good example is if you are undergoing chemotherapy for cancer; both the disease and its chemotherapy treatment can lower your immunity to the point where even a tooth infection can spread to other parts of your body and cause severe complications. In such a case, if you have a severely infected tooth, your dentist may advise you to remove it before the infection spreads and harms your health.

The Tooth Is Too Damaged To Be Saved

Lastly, it also makes sense to remove a severely infected tooth that cannot be saved in any conceivable way. For example, if your tooth has been split into two in a car accident, and the dentist determined that it cannot be saved, you may be advised to extract and replace it. The same advice may apply if you dental decay has eroded your tooth to the point where replacing it is the only good option.