A dental extraction is most commonly required if one of your teeth is damaged beyond practical repair. The most common reasons for tooth extractions include:
- Severe tooth decay or infection may make it impossible or too costly to repair a tooth.
- Advanced gum disease may require a tooth to be pulled so it doesn’t affect the supporting tissues and other bone structures.
- During orthodontic work a tooth may be extracted if it is blocking other teeth from erupting normally. In addition, teeth may need to be extracted to create room for the teeth that are being moved into place.
- Wisdom teeth are often extracted either before or after they erupt.