Permanent teeth are made to be permanent. But what happens when those teeth become infected, diseased or damaged? Extraction.

There are many different reasons too seek a permanent tooth extraction from our Carver-, Victoria-, and Waconia-area family dentistry practice. One of the most common reasons is when a tooth becomes badly damaged or decayed. In these cases, your dentist may determine that the tooth is often too damaged to repair. Other reasons for extractions often include:

Having too crowded of a mouth.

Many times a dentist is required to pull teeth to prepare a mouth for proper orthodontia. The end goal is to correctly align the teeth, a goal that is not possible to achieve if the oral cavity has too many teeth or the teeth inside are too large. In these cases, your dentist will recommend carefully-chosen tooth extraction to make room for the proper alignments.

Having an infected oral cavity.

Infection can be a very dangerous thing. With excess tooth decay comes damage to the center of the tooth, nerves, and blood vessels. When a tooth is damaged, the natural bacteria that is normally found in the mouth can extend into the pulp of the tooth, leading to infections. Many times these infections can be caught and corrected through root canal therapy, also known as endodontics. However, if the infection is severe, tooth extraction may be necessary. Without the proper treatment the infection can spread, which can lead to extreme illness.

Having a compromised immune system.

Infection is a scary thing. When your immune system is compromised (from things like chemotherapy or an organ transplant, for example) your teeth are at high risk for infection. This risk can be reason enough to have a tooth or multiple teeth extracted.

Having Periodontal (Gum) Disease.

Periodontal disease is an infection in the tissues and oral structures that surround the teeth. If periodontal treatment is not sought quickly and treated effectively the teeth may become irritated and loose. When this is the case, extraction is necessary to return the oral cavity to optimal health.

If you think that you are in need of having a tooth or multiple teeth extracted, we encourage you to contact our office today. Kruckman Family Dentistry is ready and waiting to help you achieve a healthier smile!