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In most situations, losing your teeth is a bad thing. The longer you can keep your adult teeth, the healthier your mouth is.

Unfortunately, you face a situation in which tooth removal is actually the best option for your oral health.

If you find yourself in one of these situations, the team at Pioneer Dental Group in Oregon City is here for you. We can provide painless tooth removal if you ever need a tooth extraction.

Four reasons to remove a tooth

In the best-case scenario, you will keep all your adult teeth for your entire life. It’s more common, however, to lose some teeth during your lifetime.

According to the Centers For Disease Control, 34 percent of Americans 40 to 64 years old have all their teeth. Another way to say that is 64 percent of Americans over 40 are missing at least one tooth.

The CDC also reported that 1 in 5 adults over 65 has tooth decay that has not been treated.

All this is to say that tooth loss in more common than you may realize. With that in mind, here are four reasons why you might need a tooth removed:

1. Infected teeth

There’s an important reason dentists want their patients to brush their teeth twice a day, floss daily, and come in for routine cleanings every six months. If we see you regularly, we can identify problems before they become too big to be treated with routine care.

If you don’t brush and floss like you should, if you don’t have regular professional cleanings, you are inviting the plaque to build inside your mouth and between your teeth and gums.

As this plaque builds, it can lead to tartar buildup, and that can lead to tooth decay. Tooth decay eats away at your otherwise healthy tooth. If the decay gets into the pulp (at the center of your tooth), the first treatment option may be root canal therapy.

Depending on how long you wait to seek treatment, we may not be able to save your tooth. When this happens, removing the tooth is necessary to prevent the decay from spreading to neighboring teeth.

2. Crowded teeth

When your teeth are too close together it creates multiple problems. When your teeth are too close together, it can become more difficult to keep them clean.

Crowded teeth press into one another in ways that leave spaces that you can’t reach with a toothbrush or floss. This is a perfect hiding place for the bacteria that cause plaque, and plaque can lead to tooth decay if left untreated.

For some people teeth crowding occurs when their wisdom teeth erupt (or can’t). When your teeth are fighting for space in your mouth, that usually means there isn’t enough room for all of them.

In these cases, removing a tooth or teeth can be the best option for your long-term oral health. As we mentioned, this is a common reason that dentists remove wisdom teeth.

It’s also common for dentists to removed teeth as a preliminary step before starting orthodontic treatment. If your teeth are crowded together, it can complicate your orthodontic treatment.

By removing a few teeth, your remaining teeth can be moved into a better, straighter alignment more easily.

3. Periodontal disease

The same poor oral hygiene problems (plaque and tartar buildup) that can cause tooth decay may also cause gum disease. Advanced gum disease is a threat to your teeth as well. If your gums are weakened by an infection, they may not be able to support your teeth. When this happens, it’s possible that tooth removal may be necessary.

4. Risk of infection

This may be a less common reason for a tooth extraction, but again, sometimes it’s the best option for keeping your mouth healthy.

Chemotherapy, preparing for an organ transplant, or other factors can weaken your immune system. In some cases, removing a tooth can reduce your risk for other infections since your body may not be able to fight them off like it normally could.

Painless removal

If you do need a tooth removed, we provide a procedure that is painless for our patients.

You will receive a local anesthetic to numb the tooth to be removed and the tissue around it. After this, Dr. Pioch will use special tools to extract your tooth or teeth.

After your tooth has been removed, it is important that you follow our instructions in order to prevent further infections.

For patients who may have difficulty sitting still for this kind of procedure, we also offer sedation dentistry to help you relax and take your mind off what is happening.

If you are concerned that you may have a tooth that needs to be removed, call our office at (503) 388-4691 or use our online form to schedule a consultation.