Having a tooth extraction in adulthood is a necessity in some cases. Although permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, there are a number of reasons why pulling a tooth may be needed to keep other teeth healthy. The most common reason is a badly damaged tooth from trauma or decay that can’t be repaired.
Here is the list of other reasons for a tooth extraction:
- Infection. Dentist will suggest extraction if tooth decay or damage extends to the pulp, because the center of the tooth contains nerves and blood vessels. Bacteria in the mouth can enter the pulp that will lead to infection. Often this case can be improved with root canal therapy, but if the infection is so severe that even antibiotics or root canal therapy don’t work here, extraction may be required to avoid the spread of infection.
- Risk of infection. If your immune system is not in a good shape due to some health issues that condition puts you at high risk for developing a severe infection in a particular tooth, and that may be a reason enough to pull the tooth. In that case your dentist probably will recommend you to take antibiotics before and after the extraction.
- A crowded mouth. Sometimes your dentist can pull teeth to prepare the mouth for orthodontia. The main aim of orthodontia is to properly align the teeth, which may not be possible if your teeth are too big for your mouth and there is no room in the jaw for other teeth. Likewise, if a tooth can not break through the gum because there is no space in the mouth for it, your dentist may recommend pulling it.
Before having a tooth pulled, don forget to let your dentist know your complete medical history, the medications and supplements you take.