With permanent teeth, we tend to think that they will last a lifetime. However, our teeth are prone to many different situations and issues which can result in tooth extraction. While the leading cause is damage to the tooth, there are many other reasons for an extraction.

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  • Overcrowding
    If the teeth are overcrowded, then the dentist will conduct an extraction so that there will be space for others to grow out correctly. An extraction may also take place when a tooth is too big for the tooth socket.
  • An Infection is Present
    When tooth decay sets in, the possibility of infection grows even more. The mouth has a lot of bacteria that can make their way to the pulp and cause infection to set in. Depending on the amount of infection, the dentist may conduct a root canal, but if the infection has taken over the tooth, then extraction may be the only option.
  • Gum Disease is Present
    When you first notice your gums are inflamed or bleeding, then this is a sign of gum disease. When gum disease worsens, the tooth may become loose. When a tooth is too loose and there is no possible repair, then the tooth will need to be extracted.
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Anticipating Your Tooth Extraction

A tooth extraction will always be conducted by your oral surgeon if the tooth is impacted. Your dentist may perform a simple extraction. Prior to a tooth being extracted, an anesthetic will be injected to eliminate the pain.

When the tooth needs to be extracted due to impaction, the gum will be cut to make space to remove the problematic tooth. A forcep tool will be used to assist in loosening and removal. When the tooth is too difficult to be removed as a whole, then removal will be done piece by piece.