When Do You Need to Get a Tooth Removed?

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Having healthy teeth can make a world of difference in someone’s quality of life. From having a smile you can feel confident in, to being able to eat food properly, there isn’t much that healthy teeth don’t impact. Sometimes, however, you may encounter situations where you may need to have a tooth removed.

Tooth Impact

If a tooth is impacted, that means that for some reason it’s being prevented from breaking through. This could be because the tooth isn’t oriented correctly, or because there isn’t enough room for them. This is most often the case with wisdom teeth. While there are some symptoms of impacted teeth, sometimes they don’t manifest at all and impacted teeth are only discovered through x-rays at your dental appointment. Other times, the tooth is only partially impacted. While they don’t always require removal, removing impacted teeth can help prevent dental complications you might otherwise experience.

Severe Decay

Severe tooth decay often results in the need for removal. This can happen if cavities are left untreated for too long or if plaque is allowed to grow unchecked. In severe instances, the decay reaches the inner pulp of the tooth, which can result in infection. A decayed tooth doesn’t always require removal though. Root canal therapy can save a tooth from removal by removing the diseased pulp. This therapy can be a viable alternative to removing the tooth and rarely has future complications resulting from the procedure.

Not Enough Space

If your mouth doesn’t have enough space to hold all your teeth, you may need to have one or more teeth extracted. Typically, not having enough space is a result of either genetics or orthodontic work. Like impacted teeth, the teeth most commonly suffering from not having enough space are wisdom teeth. Your orthodontist may also recommend tooth removal if there is not enough room to correctly align your teeth. Of course, depending on the severity of the overcrowding, there are other options you can use to fix overcrowding without having to remove teeth.

There are multiple reasons you may need to have a tooth pulled. Impacted teeth, severe decay, or even just not having enough space in your mouth for all your teeth are just some of the reasons you could run into. If you’re experiencing any of these, be sure to contact your dentist so you can get them taken care of as soon as possible.

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