How to Know When You Need a Tooth Extraction

How to Know When You Need a Tooth Extraction

Most of us do everything we can to stay on top of our health. We take vitamins, we exercise, and we make sure to eat a proper diet and avoid known stressors. What often falls to the wayside is oral hygiene.

Not everyone remembers to brush their teeth every morning and evening, and for some people, it just isn’t really feasible with their lifestyles. This means there’s a lot of variance from person to person when it comes to just how clean their teeth are. For those who are especially negligent of their teeth, an extraction may be warranted. Even people who take good care of their teeth may need extractions when teeth aren’t growing in properly, and will end up messing with the alignment of all of the teeth around it. Often, this is why the wisdom teeth are removed.

Risk Factors for Tooth Extractions

Most people won’t have to get a full-on extraction, but there are some things to watch out for.

If sufficient damage has been done to the teeth, such as a large chip or it has been moved out of place by an injury, that’s one cause for concern as it may impair the rest of your teeth as a consequence. If the tooth is altered in such a way that it makes for a more appealing environment for bacteria that are responsible for cavities and tartar buildup, it might be necessary to have it extracted.

Teeth that have been neglected are most often chosen to be extracted. If the tooth is completely grown in, general dentists such as the team at are more than equipped to handle the issue. If it requires having to deal with the gums to fully extract the tooth, however, you’ll probably be referred to an oral surgeon. Teeth that are decaying beyond what a simple filling or cleaning can fix will often have to be extracted. If you’re familiar with the idea that one rotten apple can make the whole bunch become rotten quicker, you should know that the same principle applies to teeth. It’s better to lose the tooth and work on either getting an implant or living with it, since you risk losing other teeth as well as constant pain by leaving it in.

Some people have a genetic makeup that causes them to grow in extra teeth. It isn’t uncommon, and often, these teeth will have to be removed for they might get in the way of what’s already there and more than sufficient. Some people also aren’t fortunate enough to have their baby teeth all fall out before their adult teeth grow in, meaning the baby teeth need to be extracted before it becomes a bigger issue.


Having to undergo a tooth extraction is definitely a less than ideal dental health outcome, but it isn’t the end of the world either. Often, a local anesthetic is all that’s needed to make the procedure itself painless, and over-the-counter pain medication is enough to make the recovery time much more tolerable. If you think any of these risk factors might apply to you, know it’s a much more prudent move to have the teeth removed than wait around and hope a bigger issue doesn’t arise. It’s just way less stressful that way, and it will be easier on the wallet.

Team LM
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