Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, your dentist will try to fix it with a filling, crown or other dental treatment. But when there’s too much damage for the tooth to be repaired, the tooth may need to be extracted — or removed — from its socket in the bone.
When are Dental Extractions Required?
If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, your dentist will try to fix it with a filling, crown or other treatment. Sometimes, though, there’s too much damage for the tooth to be repaired. In this case, the tooth needs to be extracted. A very loose tooth also will require extraction if it can’t be saved, even with bone replacement surgery (bone graft).
Tooth extraction can prevent the spread of tooth decay and infection. The best way to keep the problem from spreading is to eliminate the problem entirely, and tooth extraction can help here by dealing with overcrowding issues before they become a serious problem for you.
Overcrowding tends to cause tooth misalignments in the smile and even dental issues. The dental issues form because when the teeth overlap, they are tough to clean. This encourages the development of tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental problems.
Tooth extraction can relieve your pain and help you have a more functional smile. Once the decay and infection are gone, you will be able to talk and eat normally once again.
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