Reasons You May Need a Tooth Extracted

Wondering if a tooth might need to come out? Here’s how to tell…

No one likes to think about losing a natural tooth; however, there are certain situations in which the tooth just cannot be saved, and the best course of action is to have it extracted. However, when should you consider a tooth extraction and when does it become the best treatment option? It’s important to know when getting a tooth extraction from our Hawthorne, NJ, dentist Dr. Margaret Somers is in your smile’s best interest.

Decay and Trauma

Sure, the goal is to maintain healthy, permanent teeth for the rest of your life; however, situations often occur in which this just isn’t the case. The most common reason for an extraction is if a tooth is so severely damaged that it is beyond repair. Both direct trauma to the tooth and serious decay can be to blame for this.


Infection is another reason for a tooth extraction. When an infection reaches the inner part of the tooth (e.g. the pulp), it can cause irreparable damage. While this can often be corrected with root canal treatment, if the infection is so severe that antibiotics or a root canal aren’t enough, then your Hawthorne, NJ, family dentist will recommend an extraction.

Overcrowded Smile 

If you are dealing with a crowded smile, then our dental team may need to remove a tooth to make room. This sometimes happens before orthodontic treatment so that teeth actually have the ability to move and shift properly. Also, when wisdom teeth come in, they can cause teeth to crowd together. When this happens the wisdom teeth need to be extracted. Impacted wisdom teeth (those that don’t fully erupt from the gums) can also cause infection and decay and need to be removed.

Gum Disease

Severe and untreated gum disease affects not only the soft tissue of the mouth but also the bones. This causes teeth to become loose. When this happens the one course of action is to extract the loose tooth and replace it.

If any of these situations sound familiar, then you may benefit greatly from a tooth extraction. However, contact our Hawthorne, NJ, family dentist Dr. Somers to schedule a consultation. Only with a thorough exam can we accurately determine the best treatment option for your smile. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Somers, call Dental Arts Design at (973) 427-2121.

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