When a tooth has become so damaged that a filling, cap or crown will not suffice, you may require complete removal of the tooth (a tooth extraction). There are several reasons why a patient may require extraction, common reasons include:
- Infection or decay in one or more teeth
- Gum disease
- Damaged teeth after trauma
Other reasons for extraction may include:
- You may have extra teeth that are causing overcrowding issues which is resulting in sore gums and/or difficulty eating.
- Baby teeth that have not fallen out in time for the new adult teeth
- Extraction to make way for the placement of braces
- Certain medication may result in infected teeth (and therefore removal)
- Certain medication that suppresses or impacts the immune system may cause teeth to become infected
- Wisdom teeth that cause pain, have become infected or have developed a cyst will need to be removed to stop the infection spreading.