If your teeth are already overlapping or bunching up, removal can help make room for your teeth to be straightened. This is common in preparation for braces or if your overcrowded teeth cause any pain or discomfort in your jaw. Not addressing overcrowded teeth can result in damaged or lost teeth, jaw issues, and in some severe cases even gum disease.
When an infection spreads down to the pulp of the tooth, an extraction is one of the options available to remedy the situation. Depending on your circumstances, a root canal might be appropriate, but this is dependent on the severity of infection. If antibiotics won’t be effective enough, or if a root canal won’t completely get rid of the infection, then removal is typically decided as the best course of action to ensure the infection doesn’t spread,
At Risk of Infection
Removing teeth as a preventative measure is common when specific teeth are at a heightened risk of infection. This is common for patients going through chemotherapy or an organ transplant since these treatments reduce the immune system’s effectiveness. Extracting these teeth early before infection has a chance to set in ensures a healthier mouth and less pain and discomfort if it got infected down the line.