Why Would I Need a Tooth Extracted?

Why Would I Need a Tooth Extracted?

Here’s a couple numbers that may shock you: About 178 million Americans are missing one or more teeth, while 40 million have lost all of them. If your dentist advises that you need a tooth extraction, know that you’re far from alone.

You might also be surprised to learn that there are numerous reasons that you might need an extraction.

The Popper Dental team is highly experienced with tooth extractions, and they offer multiple solutions to fill the gap, from dental crowns and dental implants to dentures

And, importantly, they walk you through the extraction process well before you arrive, including how best to prepare for your procedure and how you can hasten healing during your recovery.

Reasons for a tooth extraction

Your dentist may recommend a tooth extraction because of:

Gum disease

Especially when this condition is advanced (periodontitis), your gums recede and your bone — which acts as the foundation for your teeth — deteriorates. They simply can’t provide the structure and strength your teeth need to stay securely placed.

Traumatic injury

Many mouth injuries are the result of playing sports or car accidents and are mostly correctable — but not always. Sometimes the injury is so severe, the only choice is emergency extraction

Crowded teeth

If your teeth lack sufficient room in your mouth and are pushed together — especially if you’re preparing to undergo orthodontic treatment — you may need to have one or more removed so you can have your braces fitted. 

Severe tooth decay

If a tooth is too far gone because of decay, extraction saves you pain and rids you of a tooth that won’t be functional again. 


If you have a tooth that gets infected repeatedly, your dentist might recommend extraction, especially if the infection has caused bone deterioration. 

Wisdom teeth

One of the most common extraction procedures is wisdom tooth removal. Most who get their wisdom teeth removed are older teens and young adults. Wisdom teeth often cause alignment issues and other problems, which is why this procedure is so common. 

Other medical treatment

If you’re scheduled to undergo chemotherapy treatment for cancer or an organ transplant, tooth extraction may be called for if any of your teeth get infected often. Extraction eliminates the need for treatment later on, which would likely be more traumatic. 

Do any of these sound like you? Our office on Manhattan’s Upper East Side is a convenient and comfortable setting for an extraction, and we help you before, during, and after your procedure. 

What happens during a tooth extraction?

Your dentist performs a tooth extraction using either a simple extraction or a surgical one. 

A simple extraction is appropriate if your tooth has erupted through your gum and you can see it, like a wisdom tooth extraction. For this, you simply come to our office and we administer a local anesthetic for numbing purposes. 

Your dentist uses a tool called an elevator to loosen your tooth, along with a forceps to remove it. Thankfully, due to the anesthetic, you may sense pressure, but no pain. This is the most commonly performed type of tooth extraction.

A surgical extraction is a bit more complex. It’s done if the tooth that needs to be removed hasn’t yet erupted through your gum. Because of this, your dentist must make an incision in your gum to gain access to your tooth and remove it. 

You may receive intravenous sedation or general anesthesia for this procedure, as well as local anesthesia. Fortunately, we have a highly skilled, board-certified anesthesiologist who helps prepare you for a surgical extraction. 

Sometimes your dentist must remove bone matter to successfully remove your tooth. 

We’re with you every step of the way post-procedure too, and give you recommendations on aftercare so you can heal quickly and well. We also consult with you about restoration options to ensure that your smile remains complete and beautiful.

Don’t fret about the possibility of an extraction. To learn more, make an appointment with us by calling our New York City office or booking your visit online

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