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Tooth extraction, sometimes referred to as dental extraction, is the extraction of a tooth or teeth from the socket. Getting rid of teeth is usually not the first choice we take, but depending on the tooth’s condition, it might be necessary. If a tooth has become injured by too much erosion for crowns or fillings to repair or when a tooth is too loose to fix with bone grafting, it might need to be removed.

We understand that it’s never enjoyable to hear that a tooth needs to be removed, so we’ve put together the following list to help you know some of the additional reasons why teeth are extracted.

-Orthodontics. The mission of orthodontics is to align the teeth within your oral cavity properly, and if a tooth is in the way of another tooth that needs moving or too big for your oral cavity, it might require extraction.

-Risk of infection. If you’re undergoing any sort of treatment that requires suppression of the immune system, such as cancer or an organ transplant, removing a tooth or teeth can help avert infection — both for your teeth and the rest of your body.

-Baby teeth/wisdom teeth. Maybe the least complex reason to accept for tooth removal is lingering teeth that haven’t removed themselves as they normally should have, like baby teeth and wisdom teeth. In this case, we’ll be helping them move along so that they make space for new teeth or don’t end up causing you pain.

If you’re anxious about tooth extraction, remember: brushing and flossing your teeth and gums daily and visiting our dentists frequently are the best ways to avoid eroded teeth. Please schedule your next appointment with our Spearfish, South Dakota, office now by calling 605.642.7727. Drs. Mick, Brad, Nicole, and Monique Dana, and the team of Dana Dental Arts will be excited to see you again.