Even with proper dental care, teeth age and can decay or break. Many damaged teeth can be repaired with fillings or crowns, but when the damage or decay is excessive, the tooth should be removed. Tooth extraction may not seem complicated, but tooth removal should only be performed during a visit to your oral surgeon because the removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint, and shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health.
Common reasons for tooth removal include:
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Severe decay
- Serious broken or fractured teeth
- Teeth that are poorly positioned in the mouth
- In preparation for orthodontic treatment