As kids, losing our teeth was inevitable so that our adult (permanent) teeth could come in. But, as adults, we aren’t supposed to lose our teeth. In fact, our permanent teeth are intended to last for the duration of our existence.
Unfortunately, there are numerous reasons why our teeth may need to be extracted at some point in our lives. The most common of which would be from either trauma (fight, accident, etc.) or decay (inadequate oral hygiene). It is in these situations that the teeth are generally too badly damaged to be efficiently repaired; therefore, a tooth extraction is the most viable option. However, there are plenty of other reasons a tooth extraction may be needed, including, but not limited to, the following:
· Infection – In a number of instances, tooth decay causes damage to more than the exterior of the tooth itself and actually affects the pulp, which is the center that contains blood vessels and sensitive nerves. Usually, this requires a root canal; however, sometimes the infection can be so severe that neither a root canal nor antibiotics can fix it. This is when a tooth extraction may be necessary to avoid the infection spreading elsewhere in the mouth.
· Wisdom Teeth – Wisdom teeth come in just fine for some people, and they go on living their lives with their third molars. However, for many, there is a need for the wisdom teeth to be pulled or extracted. Sometimes, wisdom teeth can cause irritation in the gum and result in serious pain – and it doesn’t mean that they are decayed, as irritation can be caused from the tooth growing sideways (becoming impacted in the jaw). As a general rule, if all four of your wisdom teeth need to be removed, they will be extracted in the same dentist visit.
· Crowded Mouth – Some people have teeth that are too large for their mouth or even have extra teeth. This can cause a crowded mouth, and is a problem when someone needs braces. Sometimes, a tooth tries to come in, but is unable to break through the gum because there is simply no room inside the mouth for the tooth. It is in these instances that a tooth extraction may be recommended by your dentist.
· Gum Disease – Scientifically known as periodontal disease, gum disease is often a reason for teeth to be extracted.