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When Is It Necessary to Extract Teeth?

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Tooth extraction is removing a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. It may be scary, but it is sometimes necessary to keep your mouth healthy. Here are some situations in which tooth extraction is required.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is among the most common reasons for tooth extraction. If a cavity is not treated, it can spread to the pulp and eventually infect the root canal. In some cases, a root canal treatment can save the tooth, but extraction may be the best option if the infection is too severe or if the tooth is too damaged.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is when the gums and the surrounding tissues sustaining teeth are infected. Untreated gum disease can result in severe damage to the bone and tissue supporting the teeth, leading to loosening and eventual tooth loss. In such cases, extraction may be necessary to prevent the spread of the infection.

Impacted Teeth

Impacted teeth are teeth that cannot emerge from the gums due to being blocked by other teeth or bone. Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the most commonly impacted teeth because they often do not have enough space for emerging fully, leading to impaction. As a result, they often need to be extracted to prevent pain, infection and damage to adjacent teeth.

Crowded Teeth

When there is not enough space in the mouth to accommodate all the teeth, it causes overlapping or crooked teeth. Sometimes, extraction is the only way to address this overcrowding of teeth. Orthodontists may recommend extraction to create space, allow the remaining teeth to align correctly and help to prevent future dental problems.


Sometimes, teeth may be damaged or broken due to accidents, falls or sports injuries. Extraction may be necessary if the damage is severe and cannot be repaired with other dental treatments such as fillings, crowns or root canals.

Seeing a Dentist for Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction becomes necessary for various reasons but should be considered a last resort, and dentists will always explore all other options before recommending extraction. If you are experiencing any dental issues, it is essential to consult with a dentist as soon as possible to discuss your options.

If you are searching for dental care in Gwinnett County, look to Gwinnett Family Dental Care. Our experienced dental team is committed to providing comprehensive and personalized dental care to each patient. Contact us to schedule a consultation or to learn more about our services.

Posted on behalf of Gwinnett Family Dental Care

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