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Tooth extraction, occasionally referred to as oral extraction, is the extraction of a tooth from the bone socket. Getting rid of teeth is usually not the first step we take, but depending on the tooth’s condition, it might be needed. Once a tooth has become injured by too much erosion for crowns or fillings to repair or once a tooth is too loose to mend with bone grafting, it may need to be extracted.

We understand that it’s never fun to hear that a tooth needs to be removed, so we’ve assembled the following list to help you know a few of the reasons why teeth are removed.

-Orthodontics: The goal of orthodontics is to straighten the teeth within your oral cavity, and if a tooth is in the way of another tooth that needs moving or too bulky for your mouth, it may require extraction.

-Risk of infection: If you’re undergoing treatment that requires suppression of the immune system, like cancer or an organ transplant, extracting a tooth or teeth can help thwart infection — both for your teeth and the rest of your body.

-Baby teeth/wisdom teeth: Likely the most straightforward reason to accept for tooth removal is lingering teeth that haven’t removed themselves as they should have, such as baby teeth and wisdom teeth. In this case, we’ll be helping them move along so they make room for new teeth or don’t end up causing you pain.

If you’re worried about tooth extraction, remember: brushing and flossing daily and visiting your dentist frequently are the best ways to thwart lost teeth. Please schedule your next appointment with our Garland, Texas, office now by calling 972-271-4545. Dr. Bart Deering and our team will be thrilled to see you.