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Why are tooth extractions necessary?

Each day we use our teeth to chew and digest food. Their constant use requires regular maintenance to keep them in good condition. If they are not treated properly, they may undergo irreparable wear that would result in tooth extractions. Tooth extractions are not the ideal outcome for any of your teeth, but sometimes they are necessary. Read about tooth extractions below:

What are they?

Tooth extractions are dental procedures that involve removing the tooth from the mouth. There are two types of tooth extractions: simple and surgical. The simple extraction can be completed in the dentist’s chair and can only be performed on teeth that are visible to the dentist. Surgical tooth extractions are performed on teeth that are not easily accessible and require the patient to undergo general anaesthetic in most cases. The most common surgical tooth extraction is the extraction of wisdom teeth.


Why is it necessary?

There are many reasons as to why a tooth extraction would be necessary. It could be due to extreme tooth decay. It is necessary, in this situation, to remove the tooth as the tooth decay could lead to infection. Impaction could be an issue for wisdom teeth and a reason for tooth extraction. Impaction refers to the teeth growing at and angle. It can cause pain such as headaches and jaw pain, as well as the shifting of other teeth if the teeth are not extracted.


How to avoid them

Regular dentist check-ups paired with brushing and flossing your teeth daily is a way to maintain the health of your teeth. It is also recommended that you do not eat food that is too hard, or food that contains too much sugar on a regular basis as this could cause your teeth to chip or rot.