Tooth extraction is the process of removing the tooth from the socket of the bone. If the tooth is cracked or damaged by decay, our dentists will try to repair it first by filing, crown or any other treatment possible. However, there are cases where the above methods won’t work. For such situation, the teeth needs to be removed. A very loose tooth has to be removed also as in such situation, the tooth cannot be saved even via bone graft.
Other Reasons for Tooth Extraction
Sometimes there an extra tooth that blocks the other teeth from emerging. For this reason, the tooth needs to be extracted. Here are other reasons for tooth extractions.
The baby teeth didn’t fall out in time and block the permanent teeth from coming out.
People that wants to get braces may require some tooth to be extracted to make room for the other tooth to move into position.
People who are receiving radiation to the head and neck may need some parts of the teeth in the area of the radiation to be removed.
If a tooth or some teeth could cause an infection after an organ transplant, it needs to be extracted. People with transplanted organs have a high risk of getting an infection since the prescribed medicine can decrease or suppress the person’s immune system.
Third molars or wisdom teeth has to be pulled before or after they erupt. These appear at early teens or during the late 20s. It must be removed if it is causing pain, decaying or is suffering from an infection. Oftentimes, these become stuck in the jaw and won’t come out. This could irritate the gum, triggering pain and swelling. When this happens, the tooth has to be removed. If all four wisdom teeth require removal, they are usually taken out at the same time.
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