Tooth retention is almost always a better option than getting a tooth extracted. However, in some cases a tooth extraction may be unavoidable and can be the best possible treatment option. It is best to allow your dentist to evaluate your situation before extracting a tooth.
It’s also important to note that baby teeth are not readily extracted, as they are necessary for the proper eruption of permanent teeth.
Occasionally teeth are extracted for the following reasons:
- If a tooth is badly decayed or damaged
- If the patient has gum disease
- To prevent complications, as in the case of a badly infected (abscessed) tooth
- To improve appearance (as part of orthodontic treatment)
- If teeth have no function
- If a tooth is vertically cracked
- Impacted wisdom teeth