Do You Need a Tooth Pulled?
Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, Dr. Marcantonio will try to fix it with a filling, crown or other treatment. However, there are cases where there is too much damage for the tooth to be repaired and it will need to be pulled.
If you maintain daily tooth brushing habits, regularly use dental floss, and keep your scheduled dental checkup appointments to identify and remedy any possible health issues, it's unlikely that tooth decay will progress to the point where an extraction is necessary.
Severe tooth decay can lead to infection. If an infection is left untreated, it can spread to other teeth. Root canal therapy can sometimes save the tooth, but if the damage is too extensive, the doctor will recommend pulling the tooth.
Sometimes an extraction is advised if a tooth is broken, damaged, impacted, or perhaps there is overcrowding. Sometimes teeth are too large to fit comfortably within the available space in the mouth. Occasionally, a tooth (or multiple teeth) shift in the wrong position. Removing teeth in these cases makes room for a more comfortable bite.
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