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When Do You Need a Tooth Extraction?

When Do You Need a Tooth Extraction?

Sometimes, even if you try hard to take care of your teeth, you might still need to get a tooth pulled out.

When Topeka Oral Surgery suggests taking out a tooth, it’s because they have a good reason to do so, which more often than not is due to there not being enough space or simply because a tooth is unrestorable.

Severe Decay

Severe tooth decay happens when acid and plaque stick to your teeth. Signs of decay include:
Even if decay doesn’t hurt, it’s important to see your dentist often to catch it early. If a tooth is too decayed to save, it might need to be pulled out or it may need a root canal treatment to help remove infection from the tooth’s pulp.

Severe Impaction - Disturbance in Eruption

When you’re a baby, your teeth start coming through your gums. If a tooth doesn’t come in or only partly comes in, it’s called an impacted tooth.

Impacted teeth can get stuck in your gums or bone for different reasons, such as not having enough room in your mouth. This often happens with wisdom teeth, but it can happen to any tooth. Symptoms are like those of decay but usually hurt more:

You might notice a gap where the tooth should be, but usually, only your dentist can tell for sure.

Impacted teeth can push into other teeth, causing more problems. They can also trap food and plaque. If an impacted tooth is causing big problems, it might need to be taken out. Not all impacted teeth need to be removed and thus that is why a consultation and 3D imaging are quite important.

Misalignment Of The Smile

Sometimes, there’s not enough room in your mouth for all your teeth to line up nicely. This makes your teeth push against each other and move out of place, messing up your smile.  Coordination with the orthodontist can allow strategic extraction to help level and align an ideal smile if there is inadeqaute space.

If you want to know more about getting a tooth pulled, check out Topeka Oral Surgery’s website

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