When To Get Your Tooth Removed?

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Who does not want a complete set of healthy teeth, which glisten every day till senescence! Who likes an empty space, which makes it difficult to even chew food adequately! But alas, not all can have all teeth for all time and sometimes, people have to get their teeth extracted because this is the only option that remains. So what are these conditions which indicate a tooth extraction?

You need to get rid of your tooth, when:


1.    You have swelling

A swelling on the orofacial region indicates a high-grade infection. The swelling can be a sequel to many conditions- extensive dental caries, periodontal infection to name a few. Irrespective of the reason, if there is swelling and the tooth is not in very good shape, it has to go. The alternative can be immediate root canal therapy, which eliminates the cause of severe infection, eliminating the swelling.

If your dentist prescribes you a dozen antibiotics, convincing you that the swelling will resolve without any surgical intervention, it is better to go to some dentist who tells you otherwise.


2.    Your tooth is severely carious

Tooth caries is nothing but infection in various components of teeth, depending upon the extent of tooth involvement. Caries can remain confined to enamel, in which case, it is not painful, but definitely has a potential to involve the dentin (when it will cause some pain or sensitivity) or worse, the pulp (this is the pain that people refer to as “unbearable”). Sometimes, the carious tooth can be saved by root canal treatment. However, if the extent of caries is so much that there is no scope of a root canal therapy to be administered, the only option that remains is creating some space in between your pearly whites!


3.    The teeth get loosened in the socket

Teeth occupy the sockets in upper or lower jaw bones (maxilla or mandible respectively). Normally, this anchor is firm, because of which, teeth are firm in their positions. However, because of many reasons (trauma, aging, diabetes, poor oral healthcare, tumors, cysts etc), this anchor is devoured, which causes the teeth to start moving in their sockets. The grade of this can be variable, which determines the treatment to be administered. In severe cases of loosening, however, extraction of tooth/ teeth is a wise choice.


4.    When you have your “wisdom” growing painfully in the oral cavity

Wisdom teeth are vestigial (the organs or tissues which are of no use, yet are present in the body). In many individuals, they do not even erupt (and certainly, they do not embody wisdom!). In some, they might erupt normally, without causing any trouble. In a few people, because of the absence of adequate space, the eruption of these teeth might be associated with a lot of pain and discomfort. These teeth are called impacted and it is wise to get rid of the “wisdom” that causes pain.


5.    When you are undergoing an orthodontic treatment

Orthodontic treatment invariably comes with the extraction of 1 to a few teeth, to be able to create some space, so that your teeth can be positioned properly. Sometimes, your dentist might as well complete the orthodontic treatment without taking away even one of your precious possessions. The procedure and approach vary in every case and so does the treatment method. But if your dentist is telling you to get your teeth removed during orthodontic treatment, trust him.


6.    When the teeth are aligned erroneously

Sometimes, teeth are wrongly placed, so much to even cause mild to severe trauma. There might also be a pain in one or more than one tooth because this one tooth is going to affect your other teeth, at times even causing an effect on the temporomandibular joint. It is better to extract this tooth as it can lead to severe consequences like temporomandibular disorders and chronic cheek bite.


7.    When your teeth bear the impact of trauma

Even though teeth are designed to bear a significant amount of force, making them sustain many injuries without getting harmed. But there is always an upper limit. Often, despite the fact that the outer covering enamel is the strongest substance, teeth fracture due to trauma. This might cause pain, discomfort, swelling etc. If the impact is less and not much damage is caused to teeth, they can be restored, but if there has been severe damage to tooth or teeth, it is better to get them removed.


Not every toothache implies that you need to get the cause removed. There are alternative treatments to extraction as well. As a rule, extraction is considered to be the last resort in treating a damaged tooth. So just because you cannot sleep because of your aching tooth, we advise you to not to run after your dentist to eliminate your precious tooth!           

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