Tooth extraction is most commonly performed on an individual who has experienced trauma to their head or mouth that may have cracked or caused serious damage to their teeth. Extraction may also be required if there is an infection in a tooth due to decay or other reasons.
Trauma can be caused in a number of ways. Car collisions, contact sports, and any other accident can cause this. An infection can also be a result of that trauma not being taken care of as soon as possible. Infections resulting in tooth extraction can be inside the tooth, inside the bone around the tooth, or infection in the gum tissue around the tooth. Infections are caused by bacteria entering the wrong areas due to a lack in proper dental care practices at home.
Symptoms that may require tooth extraction are toothaches, swelling in the tissues, or the presence of pus usually attributed to a dental abscess. Individuals who are experiencing any of these symptoms should visit their dentist as soon as they can for treatment.
Tooth extraction is not always the best option for these symptoms. Other treatments will most likely be used by your dentist before deciding the tooth needs extracted.
Preventing a tooth extraction can be done by practicing the daily routine suggested by your dentist. Brush and floss daily and visit the dentist every six months.