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WHEN ARE TOOTH EXTRACTIONS NECESSARY?

Despite a dentist’s and patient’s best efforts, tooth extractions are sometimes necessary. Our Carlsbad Coastal Dental team’s aim is to protect individual’s teeth from harm and decay. When might your dentist recommend a tooth extraction for your tooth? Continue to read on to learn more about tooth extractions and why they are a healthy procedure.

Why You May Need an Extraction

There are three common reasons why an individual may need a tooth extraction:

  • Severe decay. Typically, decay inside a tooth can be resolved through the use of a root canal treatment. If the infection has already spread too far inside the tooth, then it will need to be removed. This is to avoid harm to the bone underneath.
  • Wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth do not always need to be removed before or after they emerge. Often times, your dentist may suggest a wisdom tooth removal when there is not sufficient room for the new tooth. Impaction is caused when the tooth doesn’t break the gums. This often times requires surgical removal of the tooth so as to avoid further issues.
  • Periodontal Disease. Gum disease leads to the recession of the gum line and causes the bone underneath to break down. This, in turn, affects the stability of the tooth and allows it to loosen up. At this point, the only solution is to remove the loose tooth. After the removal, your dentist will come up with a treatment plan to stop the advancement of the disease.

Benefits of Extractions

Tooth extractions help to stop the spread of infection to surrounding teeth and the bone structure. It also stops pain caused from a tooth or pressure on the gums. Your dentist may recommend a new restoration, such as a dental implant after your extraction.

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