Dentist Grandville, MI

When all other options to save your tooth have been exhausted, a dentist may decide tooth extraction is the best solution.

A tooth extraction dentist will be able to examine the affected tooth and take dental x-rays to determine the extent of tooth decay or dental injury. In this blog post, we will explain some of the most common reasons for pulling a tooth. If you are unsure whether a tooth needs to be extracted, we recommend calling your family dentist to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure. Wisdom teeth (also called third molars) are located in the back of your mouth and don’t erupt through the gum line until age 17 to 25. While some people are able to live with their wisdom teeth with no problem, others have theirs removed to prevent crowding.

If dental x-rays show wisdom teeth that are coming in crooked (impacted), your dentist will recommend wisdom teeth removal. Wisdom tooth extraction may also be necessary if there isn’t enough room in your jaw to accommodate the extra teeth.

Fractured Tooth beneath Gum Line

When we chew food, our teeth absorb a lot of the impact. Your lower molars (back teeth) are especially more vulnerable to being fractured if you have an improper bite. You may also be at higher risk for a fractured tooth after a root canal, which is why we typically recommend a root canal crown to strengthen the tooth. If the tooth has fractured beneath the gum line, it’ll need to be removed as there is no way to fix the fracture.

Severe Tooth Decay

If a tooth has a large cavity that can’t be fixed with a filling or crown, your Grandville dentist may suggest tooth extraction. There are many ways to treat tooth decay such as fillings, crowns, and root canals. However, if the cavity is too deep, these treatments won’t work. To save a tooth, there has to be enough tooth matter left after the decay has been drilled out and removed.

Advanced Periodontal Disease

Periodontitis is an advanced form of gum disease that can cause receding gum lines and increased pockets around teeth. Periodontal disease is irreversible. However, your family dentist will be able to slow the progression of periodontitis through scaling and root planing. Tooth loss happens when there isn’t enough gum tissue left to hold teeth in place.

Crowded Teeth

If you have more teeth than what can fit in your jaw, your dentist may suggest tooth extraction to prevent crowding. For example, many patients may have a tooth removed for orthodontic reasons so they can achieve a straight smile. Most dentists and orthodontists prefer not having to extract a tooth before beginning orthodontics. However, it can be necessary for certain patients.

Stuck Baby Tooth

Once in a while, a baby tooth may get lodged between the teeth on either side. When the adult tooth erupts through the gum line, the baby tooth is then unable to fall out the way it should. If you can see the adult tooth trying to push up underneath a baby tooth that isn’t loose, we recommend calling your child’s pediatric dentist. While most baby teeth will fall out when they’re ready, a baby tooth that’s stuck may need some extra help. Never try to remove a baby tooth by force as this will damage the tooth roots and cause significant pain for your child.

Our Grandville family dentists will make every effort to save your tooth before resorting to tooth extraction. If you have a severe toothache and suspect you may need our tooth extraction services, be sure to call our dentists in Grandville MI at (616) 534-0080.