Wednesday, July 6, 2016

When is a Tooth Extraction Necessary?

While it is always ideal to keep all your natural teeth, there are sometimes situations where it is better to extract a tooth. Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS performs experienced extractions here in her Holmdel, NJ dental practice. Keep reading to learn the reasons why an extraction may be necessary.

Detrimental Decay

Small amounts of decay are able to be fixed by restorations like fillings, inlays, onlays, and crowns. When there is too much decay to save a tooth, it has likely caused an infection and the root has likely started to deteriorate. This is when an extraction is necessary. Not only can the tooth not be saved, but an infection can cause other oral and overall health risks.


Sparse Space

Another situation where extraction can be necessary is when there simply is not enough space for a tooth. This can cause a multitude of problems including damage to other teeth and gums, pain, infection, and poor oral hygiene. This is a common problem when wisdom teeth grow in. They often become impacted and need to be surgically removed.


While keeping your natural teeth is always the first option to explore, occasionally an extraction is unavoidable. To learn more about extractions, be sure to visit our website, To set up an appointment with Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS, call our Holmdel, NJ office at (732) 264-8180 or visit our website.

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