There are several situations in which a tooth may need to be removed:
- Decay: If a tooth is decayed beyond repair, it may need removal. This is especially common in cases where the decay has reached the pulp, the center of the tooth that contains nerves and blood vessels.
- Infection: If a tooth becomes infected, it may need to be removed to prevent the infection from spreading to other teeth or parts of the body.
- Crowding: If there is not enough room in the mouth for all teeth, some may need to be removed to make space for the others. This is often done to prepare for orthodontic treatment.
- Impacted teeth: Sometimes, a tooth may become impacted, meaning it is trapped beneath the gum line and cannot emerge normally. Impacted teeth may need to be removed if they cause pain or interfere with the mouth’s proper growth and development.
- Gum disease: If gum disease progresses to an advanced stage, the teeth may become loose and need to be removed.
- Trauma: If a tooth is damaged in an accident or injury, it may need to be removed if it cannot be repaired.
In any of these cases, it’s almost always important to have an alternative prosthetic put in place afterward to maintain good jawbone health.
The decision to perform a tooth extraction is not taken lightly and is typically only done as a last resort. Your dentist will carefully consider all options and only recommend tooth removal if it is necessary for your oral health.
If a tooth needs to be removed, the procedure is typically performed by a dentist or an oral surgeon. The tooth will be numbed with a local anesthetic or even sedation, and the dentist will use specialized tools to loosen the tooth from the socket and remove it gently. Sometimes, the tooth may need to be broken into smaller pieces to be removed more easily.
After removing the tooth, the dentist will close the socket with dissolvable stitches. The area may be sore for a few days, and your dentist will give instructions on how to care for the area and manage any discomfort.
Suppose the tooth being removed is visible when you smile or speak. In that case, your dentist may recommend replacing it with a dental implant, a bridge, or a removable denture to maintain your teeth’ natural appearance and function. Even hidden should be replaced to maintain integrity of the jawbone.
In conclusion, a tooth may need to be removed for various reasons, including decay, infection, crowding, impacted teeth, gum disease, and trauma. Removing a tooth is typically only made as a last resort, and a dentist or oral surgeon usually performs the procedure. After the tooth is removed, the socket will be closed with dissolvable stitches. Your dentist may recommend replacing the tooth with a dental implant, a bridge, or a removable denture.