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Do I Need a Tooth Extraction?

man holding his jaw in pain from a tooth that needs extracting

When it comes to addressing things like trauma and decay, most dentists will agree: it’s almost always best to save the natural tooth. However, there are plenty of situations where that’s just not possible. To learn when tooth extraction may be needed, read on.

Reasons for Extraction

There are many reasons why you may need a tooth extraction. These are generally worst-case scenarios. For example, decay can often be addressed by a filling or even a root canal. However, if a severe infection develops, extraction may be the only option left on the table. Other common causes include extensive damage or trauma, overcrowding, and to make room for dentures.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

One type of extraction that most people will require during their lifetime is wisdom teeth removal. Our wisdom teeth are actually a part of our body that we no longer need. They were useful when we were grinding down tough meats, twigs, seeds, and the like, but things have changed. Over time, our jaws have trended smaller, leaving little to no room for these final molars. As a result, wisdom teeth can cause all sorts of problems, like crowding and infection. In most instances, your dentist will suggest removal.

Restorative Dentistry in Grafton, Massachusetts

Have an extraction scheduled? In most cases, your next step after that will be to get the tooth replaced with a custom restoration. Lucky for you we’ve got great restorative options here at Grafton Dental Care. Dental implants, dentures, and partial dentures are three fantastic options that will offer you natural-looking false teeth that feel and look great. Not sure what to choose? We’ll work with you to find a tooth replacement method that best suits your smile and budget. Give us a call or stop by our website to book your consultation.

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