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When Are Tooth Extractions Necessary?

Last updated 6 years ago

Tooth extractions are necessary in many cases to relieve pain or restore one’s smile. Accidental damage and poor oral health are just two of the reasons why a dentist might need to extract a tooth. Read on to find out more about when tooth extraction is necessary and what to talk with your cosmetic dentist about once your tooth is removed.

Emergencies: Accidents happen and severely damaged teeth can present a risk of infection or further injury to your mouth. Sometimes there isn’t enough of the tooth left to save, and this is when your dentist will extract your tooth. A cosmetic dentist can help restore missing teeth with dental implants or other procedures, such as crowns or partials. Even if an accident occurred in the past, a dentist can still extract damaged teeth today and offer cosmetic and functional replacements.

Poor Oral Health: Oral hygiene is very important to preventing tooth loss. Improper tooth care can result in cavities and, if left untreated, a tooth can decay to the point that it cannot be saved by your dentist. In this case, your dentist may choose to remove all or part of your damaged tooth. Crowns can help restore a damaged tooth, but in some cases extraction of the entire damaged tooth is the best option.

Wisdom Teeth: Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars in the very back of your mouth. They don’t always have to be extracted—in time, they can naturally emerge from your gums and grow in behind your other teeth. In other cases, wisdom teeth never emerge from beneath the gum line. However, in many cases, wisdom teeth are impacted at an awkward angle, causing pain or crowding your other teeth. They can become infected if their eruption is difficult or cause shifting in your dental work.

If you are experiencing pain due to wisdom teeth or tooth decay, then Central Park West Dentistry in New York City can help you with tooth extraction or dental implants. Call us at (212) 579-8885 to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists to discuss your options.


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