Telltale Signs You May Need a Tooth Extraction

Telltale Signs You May Need a Tooth Extraction

No one relishes the thought of tooth extractions, and the mere mention of pulling a tooth may make you nervous, but there’s an upside. Your problem tooth is likely causing you constant pain, which will go away when it’s gone. Extractions also help you sidestep future dental problems that could lead to complicated and expensive treatments. 

We take the fear out of tooth extractions at Arya Dental in Fullerton, California. 

Our tooth extraction experts, Dr. Saeed Mokhayeri and Dr. Hengameh Safarcherati, have many years of experience skillfully removing problematic teeth and keeping patients comfortable and calm. Rest assured; you’ll feel zero pain during the procedure and recover quickly and completely following our detailed care instructions. 

Our Arya Dental team offers a comprehensive lineup of treatments using the latest technology and techniques; tooth extraction is never our first recommendation. However, some conditions don’t respond well to conservative treatments, making extraction the best choice. Here are some signs you’re better off without a problem tooth.

1. Severe tooth pain

Most people have experienced the occasional toothache, but if you're dealing with consistent, sharp pain, it’s time to call Arya Dental. Pain can signify various problems, including infections, cracks, and decay. While root canals or crowns can treat some of these issues, others might be too severe. An extraction can provide immediate relief and prevent further damage to your mouth.

2. Advanced gum disease

Gum disease is another common issue that can lead to the need for a tooth extraction. When left untreated, gum disease can cause the gums to pull away from the teeth, leading to bone loss and tooth instability. 

In some cases, an extraction might be the only option to prevent the spread of the infection. If you're experiencing swollen, bleeding gums, make an appointment at Arya Dental as soon as possible.

3. Overcrowding

Overcrowding is a common issue for people who haven’t undergone orthodontic treatment. When there's not enough space in the jaw for all of the teeth, it can cause pain and misalignment. 

Overcrowding might also cause your teeth to push against one another, leading to decay and infection. We may recommend an extraction to alleviate overcrowding and preserve your smile’s long-term health.

4. Impacted wisdom teeth

Impacted wisdom teeth are the best-known reason for a tooth extraction. In fact, dentists in the United States pull about 10 million wisdom teeth yearly. If your wisdom teeth can’t emerge properly, they're considered impacted, which can cause pain, swelling, and infection. Sometimes, impacted wisdom teeth can damage nearby teeth, leading to further complications. 

If your wisdom teeth — often called the third molars — have come in or are poking through your gums, and you're experiencing discomfort in the back of your mouth, call us to discuss the possibility of extraction.

5. Damaged teeth

If your tooth is cracked or broken, we do everything we can to save it, but sometimes, an extraction is the only option. Pulling the tooth can prevent future infections and complications and provide a foundation for a replacement tooth.

Tooth extractions are routine, safe, and pain-relieving

Whether you're dealing with severe tooth pain, gum disease, overcrowding, impacted wisdom teeth, or damaged teeth, we encourage you to talk with Drs. Mokhayeri and Safarcherati about your options. Extractions are common procedures that can alleviate discomfort and prevent future problems. By taking care of your teeth, you're investing in your oral health for the long term.

To determine if your tooth needs an extraction or another type of treatment, call 714-646-9546 or book an appointment online with Arya Dental today.

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