If your goal is to preserve your permanent teeth and make them last for as long as you can, then getting a tooth extracted may be the last option you would ever want to take. However, there are times when a tooth needs to be extracted, especially when your overall oral health is being compromised. Even if you provide proper care for your teeth and mouth, there are oral health conditions that may still call for an extraction.
Extractions of teeth are important for many reasons. The goal of getting a tooth extracted is to protect your other permanent teeth from damage, protect the surrounding tissues in your mouth, and of course, to improve the condition of your oral health.
Here are some of the most important reasons why a tooth extraction may be needed:
- Crowded Teeth. This means that your teeth cannot fit in properly in your jaw. The extraction will provide space for the crowded teeth to freely move to their proper positions with the help of dental appliances like braces.
- If you have an infected tooth, then the tooth may need to be extracted. Otherwise, the infection could spread to the adjacent teeth, to the gums or other supporting structures in your mouth. Extraction should be a last resort after other options like antibiotics and root canal treatment have already been exhausted.
- Periodontal diseases. Periodontal or gum diseases is one of the primary reasons behind tooth loss. The bacteria that spread from the gums going to the bone structures supporting the tooth cause the tooth to loosen. When this happens, the loosened tooth will have to be removed before the bacteria or infection begins to spread to the other areas of the mouth.
- Wisdom tooth extractions. There are instances when wisdom teeth also need to be extracted. One example is when it is impacted, or the growth of the tooth is abnormal. When this happens, the wisdom tooth becomes prone to decay and needs to be extracted.
- Growth of permanent teeth. This is especially true for children whose milk teeth do not fall out by the time their permanent teeth start to appear. In this case, the milk tooth must be extracted to give way to the growth of the new permanent tooth.
For more information on tooth extractions, you can call Hermitage Dental Group at (615) 241-6461.