For many people who need tooth extraction, the need stems from a condition that’s severe enough to make the need almost obvious. However, some people are surprised to learn that a tooth needs be extracted because they haven’t realized that the tooth has become so compromised. Because tooth extraction may be recommended for various reasons, the signs that you might need it can differ from others. Today, we examine a few of the more frequent signs that you might need tooth extraction, and what these signs can mean for your oral health.

The area around the tooth hurts

Many of the conditions that lead to tooth extraction involve the supportive structures of your teeth, including the gum tissues, jawbone structure, and more. For example, gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss because of the destruction it can cause in these structures. As the support around your tooth erodes, the area may become sensitive and increasingly more painful. This might also indicate a fractured or broken tooth root, which cannot be restored and may require surgical tooth extraction and replacement.

The tooth is noticeably loose

While sensitivity may indicate problems with the supportive structures of your teeth, it isn’t always a sign of trouble. However, as conditions like gum disease erode your teeth’s support system, you may notice one or more of them becoming noticeably loose whenever you apply pressure to it. This can be a sign that the periodontal tissues and/or jawbone structure around the tooth’s root may be compromised. The more the tooth is exposed to bite pressure, the more likely the tooth will be lost or require extraction for the good of your oral health and bite function.

The visible structure is severely damaged

More common types of tooth damage, such as fractures or breaks in the tooth’s visible crown, are not often reasons for tooth extraction. In most cases, the crown can be successfully restored with the right dental treatment, such as a custom-designed dental crown being placed over it. However, when the damage is severe enough, restoring the tooth may not be possible, as it may no longer be strong enough to support the restoration. Extreme levels of tooth damage may require that the tooth be extracted and replaced in order to restore your oral health and your bite’s full function.

Learn if your tooth needs extraction

The need for tooth extraction can arise for a number of different reasons, but these and other signs could be common warnings of it. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.