Tooth Extractions — Relief & Restoration
Tooth extractions are part of the process of many tooth replacement solutions. Several factors — including your age, the condition of the tooth and any previous repair and restoration work — may impact the need for extraction.
Reasons for Tooth Extractions
- A crowded mouth. To prepare the mouth for orthodontia and properly aligning the teeth, some teeth may be too big for your mouth. Additionally, if a tooth cannot break through the gum because there is no room left, an extraction may be necessary.
- Infection. If tooth decay or damage extents to the center of the tooth that contains nerves and blood vessels, bacteria in the mouth can enter the pulp and lead to infection. Often this can be corrected with root canal therapy — but if the infection is too severe for a cure, extraction may be needed to prevent the spread of infection.
- Risk of infection. If you have a comprised immune system, even the risk of infection in a particular tooth may be reason enough to have it pulled.