No one enjoys having their teeth removed. Just the thought of it is enough to make some people shudder in fear, but sometimes it is a necessary procedure. You might be thinking, “Why on earth would I ever need a tooth removed?” There are three main reasons why your dentist may tell you he’s extracting a tooth.
Some people’s mouths have a hard time handling the teeth they’ve been given. It may be because their teeth are too large. Then again it may be because their jaw is too small. Perhaps it’s a little of both. The four main crowding issues that teeth deal with include the following:
- Severe Crowding – If your teeth don’t all fit into your mouth then you may have problems with some of your teeth, most likely your wisdom teeth, becoming impacted which can be painful. This is because there is nowhere for the teeth to actually come out.
- Protruding Teeth – Protruding teeth aren’t just a cosmetic concern. Teeth aren’t sturdy enough to be sticking out of your face so your teeth run the risk of being damaged easier.
- Overbite – Not all overbites will need a tooth extraction, but if the top teeth are too far over the bottom teeth, the bottom teeth may cut into the roof of the mouth. Tooth extraction can be an alternative to jaw surgery to help move the teeth into a better alignment.
- Dentofacial Asymmetries – If you look carefully at people’s faces you might notice they are not perfectly symmetrical. That’s fine unless the dentofacial asymmetry is great and then it has the potential to cause functional problems. If the problem is dental related then tooth extraction may help.
Your mouth constantly has germs and bacteria in it, and because of these germs, you run the risk of developing infections. If an infection occurs in or around a tooth your tooth might need to be pulled so the infection can be properly taken care of. Signs that you may have an infection in your mouth include the following:
- Bad breath
- Bitter taste
- Sensitive teeth
- Swollen gums
- Swollen jaw
If you have periodontal disease it means that the areas around your teeth have become infected and damaged. Your gums and even bones will become weak and will eventually be unable to support your teeth. According to MayoClinic, some signs of periodontal disease include:
- Swollen or puffy gums
- Bright red, dusky red, or purplish gums
- Gums that feel tender when touched
- Gums that bleed easily
- Gums that pull away from teeth, making your teeth look longer than normal
- New spaces developing between your teeth
- Pus between your teeth and gums
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Painful chewing
- A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
To decrease the chance of needing a tooth pulled, always practice good oral hygiene. Brush at least twice a day to keep away bacteria. Make flossing and using mouth wash part of your daily routine as well to get those hard to reach places. Do your part to help your mouth be healthy and happy and then hopefully you never need to have a tooth pulled.