When and Why is Tooth Extraction Necessary?

Common Reasons for a Tooth Extraction
There are a few common reasons for a tooth extraction ranging from gum disease and tooth decay, injury, and overcrowding. Let’s explore all of the different reasons for a tooth extraction below:

Gum Disease and Tooth Decay
Research studies show that about half of the United States population is suffering from some level of gum disease. Also, 1 in 4 members of the United States population has one cavity that has been left untreated. As a result, tooth decay is becoming a more common problem. When gum disease goes untreated it eventually developed into tooth decay. Also, to make matters worse once a tooth has decayed past a certain point it has to be extracted. If it’s not extracted the decaying tooth will begin to harbor bacteria. In turn these bacteria if left untreated will then spread to other healthy teeth.

Injury and Overcrowding
When a tooth experiences trauma whether it be from a car accident, a sports injury, or a simple trip and fall the tooth will need to be extracted. The number one reason for removing wisdom teeth is because of overcrowding. If wisdom teeth don’t have enough room to emerge then it is likely that your dentist will request for them to be extracted.

Find Out More
If you’re interested in learning more about the different reasons for why a tooth would be extracted then you should feel free to set up a consultation with your dentist to get your questions answered.