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When Are Tooth Extractions Needed? April 12, 2019

Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
When Are Tooth Extractions Needed?, Cincinnati, Ohio

No one wants to hear that they need a tooth pulled, but dentists only make this recommendation when it’s in the patient’s best interest. In such cases, retaining the natural tooth would cause more harm than good. By extracting the compromised tooth, dental professionals can implement restorative treatments like implants in its place, thereby minimizing the risk of further complications. Discover the most common circumstances in which tooth removal is necessary below.

A Guide to the Circumstances Leading to Tooth Extractions

What Are Some Reasons for Extractions?

Dentists typically remove teeth that have become affected by severe decay or disease. In the case of decay, more conservative solutions such as root canal therapy are always explored first. However, if decay is persistent, there’s a risk it could continue spreading, and the tooth must be removed. Teeth that have become loosened significantly by periodontal disease may also require extraction.

Other circumstances in which a tooth may need to be removed include accidents. Dental trauma may lead to a deep fracture or chip, which renders the tooth unsalvageable. Additionally, extractions are also performed to prevent overcrowding in certain patients, especially those who have undergone orthodontic treatment.

Finally, dentists generally recommend wisdom tooth extraction. Impacted wisdom teeth, in particular, can lead to complications such as infections and overcrowding if left unaddressed. By having impacted teeth removed, you can prevent further dental issues down the road.  

How Are Extractions Performed?

dentistExtractions are either simple or surgical. A simple tooth extraction is performed on teeth that are fully erupted, or above the gum line. This simple process is performed with a lifter and forceps, and recovery is generally quick. On the other hand, surgical tooth extraction is more involved and is performed on teeth that are impacted, or beneath the gum line. An incision will be made, and the tooth will be extracted in pieces. Swelling, jaw stiffness, and soreness may occur, but these symptoms are temporary. In either case, you will be completely numbed to ensure your optimal comfort during the procedure.


If you have an impacted or damaged tooth and are seeking a trusted dentist to perform the job, look no further than Dr. Robert N. Petrtyl, DDS. This Cincinnati, OH-based dental expert has more than 30 years of experience in a broad range of services, including extractions, preventive care, and restorative treatment. Learn more about tooth extractions by visiting the practice online, and call (513) 554-4657 to schedule an appointment.

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