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Many people assume that the only reason to have teeth extracted is because they have “rotted out.” There actually are a number of other valid reasons why you may need to have a tooth extracted.
- Braces: Some orthodontists recommend certain teeth, such as baby teeth or wisdom teeth, be extracted before you begin orthodontic treatment.
- “Extra” teeth: Some people are born with “extra” teeth that block their “regular” teeth from growing properly.
- Radiation treatment: Some types of head and neck radiation require the extraction of certain teeth in the field of radiation.
- Gum disease: In cases of severe gum disease, significant loss of bone and tissue structures may lead to the loss of teeth.
- Broken teeth: When teeth fracture or break below your gumline, the long-term stability of any restoration, or crown, may be questionable. In these cases, it is often more advisable to have the tooth extracted rather than restored.
If you do find yourself needing a tooth extracted, you chould call your dentist. She will be able to explain in more detail why you may need your tooth extracted and will also be able to tell you about options for replacing your tooth.