Reasons Why You May Need a Tooth Extracted

Reasons Why You May Need a Tooth Extracted

Posted by CHRISTENSEN DENTAL Aug 06, 2022

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Tooth extraction is only recommended as a last resort if other treatments fail to work. A dentist has various methods for extracting a tooth. The method chosen depends on the location of the tooth, how badly it needs to be replaced, and your medical history. When your dentist recommends tooth extraction, it's because your tooth is no longer viable. 

When Is A Tooth Extraction Necessary?

Teeth removal is necessary if you have:

Root Canal Infections

A root canal infection causes severe pain. If your tooth is infected, the pulp inside of your tooth is inflamed. This inflammation can damage your tooth to the point that no amount of treatment can save it. In these cases, the tooth will need to be extracted to prevent the spread of infection.

Tooth Trauma

An accident or severe trauma such as a fall or car accident can lead to a broken or dislodged tooth. If your tooth has been knocked out, it's important to visit your dentist right away. You may be able to save the tooth, but time is of the essence.


When there is too much space or room in your mouth, it can create some problems. Teeth may be overcrowded because there is not enough room in your mouth for them to fit in. Crowding can cause several problems, including the following:

  • Difficult to floss between teeth
  • Problems with biting and chewing
  • Problems with speech and pronunciation

Severely Fractured or Broken Tooth

If your tooth is severely fractured or broken, your dentist will likely recommend extraction. Even if the break is minor, your dentist may recommend extraction if the tooth is painful, sensitive, or inflamed. 

Non-functional Tooth (impacted wisdom teeth)

If your wisdom teeth are impacted, or there is not enough room in your mouth for them, your dentist may recommend that they be extracted. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, infection, and damage to adjacent teeth.

Orthodontic Treatment

If your dentist recommends tooth extraction as part of orthodontic treatment, it is because they feel that it will benefit you. A common reason for tooth extraction in orthodontics is to make room for other teeth that may need to move or shift. 

Infection or Abscess

Infection or abscess can be caused by a deep cavity or a traumatic injury. When this happens, the decayed tissue must be removed. If the infection doesn't clear up on its own, it can spread into the underlying bone, causing a serious dental issue.

For more details about tooth extraction, call us at (702) 331-2121, book online, or visit us at 10521 Jeffreys St #200, Henderson, NV 89052.

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