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Is your tooth causing you discomfort? Not sure whether getting it extracted is the answer? Here are a few ways to tell if you need a tooth extraction.

Tooth Pain

A painful tooth could result from sensitive teeth or a cavity. However, in some cases, you may need your tooth removed if it’s too badly damaged, it’s still painful after a filling or other procedure, or if it’s becoming infected.


Misaligned teeth can also be fixed with orthodontic treatments like Invisalign. However, if there’s not enough room in your mouth for all your teeth to properly fit, your teeth often end up quite crooked and displaced. For such treatments to work properly, you may need more room in your mouth for the teeth to move into position. Removing a tooth could be just what you need for a more natural and healthy mouth. 

Gum Disease

Routine cases of gum disease do not generally require teeth extraction. It is only when the infection becomes quite serious that tooth removal might be required to stop the spread of the infection and protect other teeth. Bacteria can eat away at the bones supporting your teeth and eventually your teeth can begin to rot away, making things like chewing difficult. The bacterial infection can also spread from tooth to tooth.

Impacted wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth often start growing crookedly after eruption or crowd your other teeth, which may be grounds for extraction. However, impacted wisdom teeth are wisdom teeth that remain impacted in the bone. If this happens, you will need them removed.

Broken or chipped teeth that cannot be repaired

Whether it has to do with a stray baseball coming at you or being involved in a car wreck, teeth are often some of the first casualties in an accident. When this is the case, tooth extraction is a necessary part of the recovery process. Otherwise, a damaged tooth could become severely infected.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Do you think you might need a tooth extracted? Our friendly, professional staff can help you decide next steps and walk you through the process. Before you know it, you’ll have a happy, healthy mouth again. Schedule an appointment today.