We always do everything we can to let you keep your original teeth. The only time we want to see a patient lose a tooth is when they are in elementary school. Any other time, having a tooth extracted is a last resort measure.
Wisdom teeth are an exception to this rule. For the most part, wisdom teeth don't serve any purpose and cause problems with overcrowding and teeth misalignment. To avoid future issues, we recommend wisdom tooth extraction and the majority of teenagers will tell you they have had this surgery or are scheduled to have it soon.
Symptoms That Indicate Need for Tooth Extraction
Even with pain, there are ways to treat tooth pain, and you can rest assured we will do all we can to let you keep your tooth.
However, in some cases, there will be no option, but to have the tooth extracted. After having a comprehensive evaluation and diagnosis, our dentist can recommend having a tooth extracted. Some symptoms that indicate the need for extraction are:
Infection - if we can't save the tooth by treating a disease such as an abscess, it will need to be extracted. The same could happen a patient is undergoing radiation or chemotherapy. The risk for infection, in this case, is so significant, that we will need to remove a tooth.
Trauma - when a tooth is damaged because of injury, it may be beyond repair.
Impacted tooth - when a tooth is impacted, it cannot erupt normally and needs to come out. This is often the case with wisdom teeth.
Having a tooth extracted, as an adult, is traumatic, but when we move on with the procedure, it's usually better for your oral health.
The good news is that with today's technology, we have access to things like implants, which look and feel like natural teeth. Please let us know if you have any questions about signs that you need a tooth extracted.