In only the most extreme and necessary cases, your dentist may recommend the extraction of a tooth in preparation for a restorative dentistry procedure, such as dentures or implants.
There are a number of reasons why tooth extraction may be needed.
- The tooth may be too badly damaged, from trauma or decay, to be repaired.
- A crowded mouth. Sometimes dentists pull teeth to prepare the mouth for orthodontia so that the teeth may be properly aligned.
- Infection. If damage extends to the center of the tooth containing nerves and blood vessels (pulp), bacteria in the mouth can enter the pulp, leading to infection. In extreme cases, extraction may be needed to prevent the spread of infection.
- Periodontal (gum) disease. If an infection of the tissues and bones that surround and support the teeth (periodontal disease) has caused loosening of the teeth, it may be necessary to pull the infected teeth.