A dental extraction (also referred to as exodontia) is the removal of a tooth or teeth from the mouth. Extractions or tooth pulling is performed for a wide variety of reasons, including tooth decay that has destroyed so much tooth structure that the tooth is not restorable. Extractions of impacted or problematic wisdom teeth are routinely performed, as are extractions of some permanent teeth to make space for orthodontic treatment.
Why are Teeth Removed?
Teeth are extracted for many different reasons:
- Decay or toothaches where the decay is so far into the tooth that the tooth is beyond repair (non-restorable).
- The tooth has a fracture extending far below the gum or has a fractured root.
- Infection has destroyed a large portion of the tooth or surrounding bone causing the tooth to be pulled.
- There is not enough room for all the teeth in your mouth as to where teeth would have to be pulled.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Many dentists recommend pulling impacted teeth that are only partially erupted. Bacteria can enter around a partially erupted tooth and cause an infection. Impacted teeth continue trying to break through the gum tissue even if there is not enough room to accommodate them. The continued pressure caused by this attempted eruption can eventually damage the roots of nearby teeth. Pulling a tooth that is impacted can often prevent infection, damage to the other teeth and bone, and prevent pain in the future.
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