Redondo Oral Surgery
The prospect of having to have a tooth pulled, or extracted, is one of the main things that keep patients away from their dentist’s office. While the idea of having a tooth removed from its socket by your dentist may be frightening, it’s important to remember that your dentist will make every effort to repair and restore the tooth before considering an extraction.
There may be many reasons your dentist will need to perform an extraction. A few of these include:
Severe tooth decay or damage – sometimes a tooth can become so broken, cracked, or decayed that there is no other option but to pull it. Teeth that are affected by severe gum disease may also need to be extracted in order to prevent further damage to the surrounding teeth.
Extra teeth – sometimes you may have supernumerary teeth that block other teeth from coming in correctly.
Misaligned teeth – in order to ensure your best possible oral and dental health, your dentist may need to remove teeth that are incorrectly placed or not functioning well.
Chemotherapy – cancer treatments such as chemotherapy can weaken your immune system, leaving you more prone to tooth infections.
Radiation – if you’re scheduled to undergo head or neck radiation, you may need to have some teeth extracted to reduce the risk of possible complications and infection.
Transplant – if you’re receiving an organ transplant, the medications you will receive to suppress your immune response can increase the risk of infection. Teeth that are at a higher risk for infection may need to be extracted prior to your transplant.