Reasons for Tooth Extractions
There are several reasons why your dentist may recommend tooth removal. The most common cause is severe tooth decay or infection. When decay reaches the inner pulp of the tooth, it can spread to the gums and bone around the tooth. This can cause severe pain and even lead to an abscessed tooth. If left untreated, the infection can spread to other teeth and cause more problems.
Another reason you may need a tooth removed is if there is not enough room in your mouth to accommodate all your teeth. Sometimes wisdom teeth must be removed because they become impacted and cause crowding issues. Wisdom teeth are also more prone to decay and infection than other teeth because they are hard to reach and clean.
Finally, if you have gum disease, you may need to have one or more teeth extracted. Gum disease is caused by bacteria buildup on the teeth and gums. Over time, this can lead to bone deterioration and, eventually, tooth loss. If you have advanced gum disease, your dentist may recommend removing your teeth to prevent further damage.