Experts estimate that 20 million teeth are extracted every year in the United States. Tooth extraction, informally known as “having a tooth pulled”, is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. While dentists use many techniques for treating teeth, including fillings, bondings, and sealants, sometimes the tooth simply needs to be pulled. Here are the most common reasons for needing a tooth extraction.
When bacteria in the mouth bands together and forms a biofilm that attaches to the tooth known as plaque. If plaque isn’t removed by brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups, it can lead to tooth decay. As tooth decay progresses, the bacteria dissolves all the way down to the soft nerve center of the tooth, causing toothaches and increased sensitivity. Often, a root canal and crown can save the damaged tooth. But if the decay is too severe, your dentist may recommend extraction.
Rather than risk tooth decay and possible extraction, stay up to date on your oral hygiene. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups go a long way toward keeping severe tooth decay at bay.
Periodontal disease (sometimes called gum disease) is a bacterial infection that destroys the attachment fibers and supporting bones that hold the teeth in place. If the infection advances, teeth may loosen and extraction will be necessary. As with tooth decay, this is avoidable.
In addition to brushing, flossing, and preventative dentistry, it’s a best practice to use an antibacterial mouthwash, which can kill hard to reach bacteria. If you feel you’re developing early stages of gum disease, schedule an immediate appointment with your dentist before it’s too late.
Accidents happen. Unfortunately, sometimes accidents happen to our teeth. Teeth can break, fracture, or chip for a number of reasons including sports injuries, poor oral hygiene, and aggressive chewing. While it’s impossible to avoid all dental emergencies, remember to wear mouth guards when playing physical sports, and to regularly brush, floss, and visit the dentist.
Tooth and jaw size are genetically determined traits inherited from both parents. If someone inherits large sized teeth and a small sized jaw, more than likely they will experience dental crowding. In some cases, this can be self-correcting. If it doesn’t correct, however, it will require orthodontic attention and/or extraction.
Problematic Wisdom Teeth
Removing wisdom teeth is the most common form of tooth extraction. Wisdom teeth come in between the ages of 18 and 25 and over 85% of adults eventually have them removed. Believe it or not, the reasons for wisdom teeth removal are mostly the same as the previously mentioned reasons for tooth extractions, including:
- Risk of tooth decay and gum disease because of how difficult it is to reach the wisdom teeth for proper cleaning.
- Forms of trauma, including the wisdom teeth coming in at an angle.
- Not enough room for the wisdom teeth, risking damage to neighboring teeth.
Consulting a Professional
Taking the right steps to protect your teeth is important but sometimes it isn’t possible to avoid needing a tooth extracted. If you need a tooth extraction, our skilled oral surgeons will make the procedure as painless as possible. Contact us at Suwanee Center for Family Dentistry today to schedule your appointment. We look forward to giving you the smile you desire.