Why would I need my tooth extracted?
A tooth becomes a candidate for extraction when:
- A tooth is damaged or decayed beyond the ability to repair it.
- It is blocking other teeth from coming in.
- It is impacted (stuck in the jaw).
- There is a need to create room for teeth that are being realigned via braces.
- It is a potential source of infection and there is an increased risk of greater infection due to a weakened immune system.
Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, are often extracted either before or after they come in. They commonly come in during the late teens or early 20s. They need to be removed if they are decayed or cause pain. Some wisdom teeth are blocked by other teeth or may not have enough room to come in completely. This can irritate the gum, causing pain and swelling. In this case, the tooth must be removed.