Caused by dental plaque and buildup, tooth decay can become so severe that the tooth cannot be saved with fillings or root canals. If an infection occurs as a result of the decay and antibiotics can’t treat it, a dentist will have to carefully remove the tooth.
If a filling has fallen out of a tooth, the tissue of the tooth can be exposed. The affected tooth could be left sensitive and painful.
Fractured or cracked teeth can result from chewing on hard foods or habits like grinding. When you’ve had a large filling or a root canal, you can be at greater risk of a fractured tooth. A tooth that has been fractured below the gum line needs to be extracted immediately.
If you have more teeth than what can comfortably fit in your mouth, a tooth extraction might be called for. The removal or extra teeth can also help the other teeth settle into their proper place.
Gum disease destroys the structure of the bones, gums, and tissue of the mouth, loosening the teeth. As a result, a dentist will have to remove the loose teeth.