5 Common Reasons You May Need a Tooth Extraction
If you’re worried that you might need a tooth extraction (also referred to as a “dental extraction” or “oral extraction”), you’re not alone. According to a study published by the American Journal of Public Health, more than 5 million people undergo wisdom tooth extractions each year in the United States—and that’s not even counting other types of tooth extractions. Below are five of the most common reasons for a tooth extraction.
1. Your Tooth Has Decayed
Tooth decay is quite common—in fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 25% of U.S. adults have untreated tooth decay. When bacteria within the mouth come into contact with the sugars and starches contained in foods and beverages, they form an acidic plaque that can damage the teeth’s outer surface (enamel) and lead to cavities. If a dentist catches a cavity while it’s still in its early stages, they can usually treat it with a filling. More advanced cavities may require a root canal. But once a tooth becomes so decayed that it can’t be repaired, it will likely need to be removed.
2. You Have Gum Disease
The plaque that causes tooth decay can also lead to gum disease. When plaque forms along the gum line, it can cause the gum tissue to become irritated and swollen. If left untreated, this can eventually cause pockets to form between the teeth and the gums. And if those pockets become infected, it can lead to tissue and bone loss, sometimes necessitating a tooth extraction.
3. Your Teeth Are Overcrowded
Overcrowded teeth can lead to various issues, including bite misalignment, difficulty speaking and chewing, and a distorted appearance. In many cases, dentists can correct overcrowding with braces or another type of orthodontic treatment. But in some instances, a tooth extraction may be necessary. Removing one or more teeth makes room for the remaining teeth to spread out, allowing for straighter teeth and an improved bite.
4. You Have an Impacted Tooth
When a tooth fails to break through the gums or comes through only partially—often due to overcrowding—it’s considered to be impacted. In many cases, tooth impaction doesn’t cause any issues and doesn’t require any treatment. But if an impacted tooth begins producing unpleasant symptoms, it may need to be removed. Wisdom tooth extractions often result from impaction.
5. You Have a Broken Tooth
Dentists can often repair broken (fractured) teeth using restorations like crowns or veneers. But if a tooth is severely damaged or develops an infection, it may need to be removed.
Do You Need Your Tooth Pulled?
If you think you might require a tooth extraction, you can rely on Burns Dentistry to expertly handle the procedure. Our team possesses more than 100 years of combined experience, and we proudly serve residents of Sun City, Sun City West, Litchfield Park, and the surrounding area. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation—once we’ve performed an exam and spoken with you about any issues you might be experiencing, we’ll be able to let you know whether you’re a candidate for a tooth extraction.