Top 5 Reasons Why You May Need to Have a Tooth Pulled

You regularly see a dentist to have your oral health assessed and also ensuring the detection and treatment of problems that may prevent you from maintaining a healthy mouth. While dentists offer a wide range of solutions to various dental problems, some treatment recommendations are usually not well-received by patients. One such treatment option is tooth removal.

Nobody's a fan of tooth removal – not even the dentists that recommend it – but there are situations when it's the dentist's last resort to help you. Here are some common reasons why you may have a tooth pulled at the dental office.

Tooth Decay

Pain caused by tooth decay can be agonising, especially in cases where the decay is too deep. If there isn't enough gum tissue remaining after your dentist has extracted decay from your tooth, it may not be possible to save the tooth using dental crowns, dental fillings or a root canal treatment. Tooth extraction may be the only practical option available. 


This is an irreversible, advanced form of gum disease that can lead to significant loss of gum tissue required to secure teeth in place. If you're diagnosed with this condition, it may be best to have your loose tooth pulled before receding gum lines can take their toll.

Tooth Fracture

A traumatic injury to the teeth in sports or due to an accident can lead to cracked or broken teeth. If the injury is so severe that the cracking or fracture has extended below the gum line, it may be difficult to provide effective tooth restoration. The entire tooth or the remaining part of it will need to be removed in order to create room for the replacement.

Crowded Teeth

People with crowded teeth have more teeth than what their jaw can accommodate. When this happens, they may not be able to achieve a straight smile. Instead, they may have a crooked teeth. To remedy this problem, the dentist will have to remove some teeth to limit the number of teeth to what the jaw can accommodate. 

Wisdom Teeth

These are the last set of teeth to grow in an adult's mouth. They are located in the back of the mouth. Some people can comfortably live with the teeth. But for others, these teeth are a source of great pain and discomfort and can lead to crowded or misaligned teeth. If wisdom teeth are making life difficult for you, removing them may be the best treatment option. 

If you have specific concerns regarding tooth extraction, consult your dentist before agreeing to undergo the procedure.