When Is a Tooth Extraction Necessary

The primary focus of dentistry is to preserve and maintain oral health. Therefore, tooth extractions are done only when it is necessary or cannot be avoided. Tooth extractions are performed when retaining them can pose a risk to oral health. At Roshan Emam DDS in Palo Alto, we will evaluate your tooth condition, diagnose the problem and then provide the required option to resolve the dental concern.

Here are a few instances when tooth extractions are needed:

Tooth Decay

Tooth cavities or decay is one of the most standard reasons for tooth extraction. Food particles get trapped between the teeth due to insufficient oral hygiene. Then, harmful bacteria feed on the food particles and release acid that erodes the protective covering of the teeth. As a result, the teeth weaken and lose their structure and function. If the damage to a tooth is extensive and cannot be saved with restorative procedures, the tooth will have to be extracted. A simple procedure is performed under local anesthesia to remove the affected tooth. 

Wisdom Teeth Problems

Wisdom teeth are molars located deep inside the mouth. They emerge after all the permanent teeth have appeared. Infection in the wisdom teeth is pretty common as it is challenging to clean them efficiently. Food debris can quickly accumulate on the deep grooves of these teeth, causing bacterial infections. 

Another condition that would require an extraction is when the wisdom teeth become impacted and get trapped beneath the gums. In such instances, the tooth has to be extracted to prevent infection and decay. It involves a surgical procedure where the jawbone is cut, and the impacted tooth is pulled out.

Gum Disease

Gum disease affects the bones and gums that anchor the teeth. As a result, the gum tissues become swollen and inflamed. When the condition becomes severe, the gums will not provide support to the teeth and make them unstable. If the disease is not treated, the whole tooth is lost, and ultimately, it has to be removed.

Overcrowded Teeth

Overcrowding can be caused when there is not enough space in the mouth for all the teeth. This condition can be rectified with orthodontic treatments such as braces that may necessitate removing a few teeth.  When certain teeth are extracted, there will be space available for the teeth to move, which will help correct the bite and fix the alignment of the teeth. 

Trauma or Accident

Accidents, falls, or sports-related injuries can bring trauma to your teeth. We will determine the extent of the damage and, if the tooth is beyond repair, a tooth extraction will be recommended to preserve your oral health.

For a painless, safe, and most comfortable tooth extraction, call Roshan Emam DDS in Palo Alto, CA, at (650) 321-0340, and schedule an appointment with Dr. Emam.


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