Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone.
If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, a dentist will try to fix it with a filling, crown or other treatment. However, sometimes, there’s too much damage for the tooth to be repaired. In this case, the tooth will need to be extracted. A very loose tooth usually requires extraction if it can’t be saved, even with bone replacement surgery.

It has been known that permanent teeth were meant to last a lifetime, however there are a number of reasons why tooth extraction may come into play. A very common reason involves a tooth too badly damaged either from trauma or decay, to be repaired. Other reasons may also include:

1. A crowded mouth:

Most times, dentists pull teeth to prepare the mouth for orthodontia. The goal of this orthodontia is to align the teeth as much as possible, which may not be possible if your teeth are too large for your mouth. In the same manner, if a tooth cannot break through the gum because there is not enough room in the mouth for it, your dentist may recommend pulling it.

2. Infection:

If tooth decay or damage extends to the pulp, bacteria in the mouth can enter it leading to infection. The good news is that often times this can be corrected with root canal therapy. However if the infection is very severe in that antibiotics or root canal therapy do not cure it, then extraction may be needed to prevent the spread of infection.

Here are other reasons:

1. Some people may have extra teeth which block other teeth from coming in.

2. Sometimes baby teeth don’t fall out in time to allow the permanent teeth to come in.

3. People who use braces may need some teeth to be extracted to create room for the teeth that are being moved into place.

4. People receiving radiation to the head and neck may need to have teeth in the field of radiation extracted.

5. People receiving cancer drugs may develop infected teeth because these drugs weaken the immune system. Infected teeth may need to be extracted.

6. Some teeth may need to be extracted if they could become a source of infection after an organ transplant. People with organ transplants have a high risk of infection because they must take drugs that decrease or suppress the immune system.

7. Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, are often extracted either before or after they come in. They commonly come in during the late teens or early 20s. They need to be removed if they are decayed, cause pain or have a cyst or infection. These teeth often get stuck in the jaw and do not come in. This can irritate the gum, causing pain and swelling. In this case, the tooth must be removed. If you need all four wisdom teeth removed, they are usually taken out at the same time.

Things to Know Before Getting Braces In Singapore

The desire for a perfect smile is unquestionable. Even back in 1600 BC, Egyptians wore an orthodontic-like form of object around their teeth made from animal intestines to realign their teeth. The desire has continued growing, and it's at the peak today, with a...

Getting Fluoride Treatment? Here’s What You Need To Know.

Fluoride is a natural mineral that can be found in many kinds of food and also in water. It is an important mineral that keeps tooth decay at bay. Fluoride, also the calcium in our teeth is lost through a process known as demineralisation where the enamel layer of the...

What To Look Out When Getting Tooth Fillings In Singapore

Maintaining your oral hygiene is crucial, not only for the beauty but because we all want to keep our teeth healthy. Many people unfortunately experience some form of tooth decay or cavities, maybe even more significant problems such as dental caries. With modern...

What are Dental Implants? Am I A Suitable Candidate?

Despite improvements in dental care, millions of people still suffer tooth loss either due to tooth decay, periodontal disease, or injury/accidents. For many years, the only treatment options available for people with missing teeth were dental bridges and dentures....

Looking For The Cure To Dental Phobia?

Dental phobia can also be termed dental fear or odontophobia, dentophobia and dental anxiety. Dental phobia is the fear of dentistry and of receiving dental care. However a distinction has been made between dental anxiety, dental fear, and dental phobia. Dental...

Different Types Of Tooth Replacements Available.

In the past, it may not have mattered if people lost their teeth, especially those in the front. Never the less, attempts were made in the past to replace missing teeth, and archeological evidence suggests that indeed people in antiquity did wear “artificial” teeth,...

Best Teeth Whitening Techniques

Tooth whitening also known as tooth bleaching when utilizing bleach is either the restoration of a natural tooth shade or whitening beyond the natural shade. Now there are various ways an individual can go about this and whiten his teeth to feel better about himself...

Looking For Invisible Braces To Straighten Your Teeth?

In the past years, many orthodontists have seen a significant increase in the population of adults opting for orthodontic treatment. Much of these developments is related to an increased awareness and importance placed on cosmetics and dental health. However, clear or...

Understanding Cosmetic Dentistry – Braces, Invisalign, Teeth Whitening & More

Some people still believe dentistry is just a case of filling and taking out teeth. In our society today, many people turn to cosmetic dentistry or aesthetic dentistry as a way of improving their appearance. Cosmetic dentistry is dentistry aimed at creating a positive...

Getting Treatment for Your Smile

Smile treatment is a treatment for shorter teeth which may include reshaping and lengthening the two front central teeth with composite bonding or porcelain veneers. If you have a gummy smile, your cosmetic dentist may provide treatment to modify the gum line and...

Make an Appointment Today!

5 + 3 =

NoFrills Dental @ Marina Square

6 Raffles Boulevard,
Marina Square,
#B1-11
Singapore 039594

T: +65 6227 8885
E: [email protected]

NoFrills Dental @ Suntec City

3 Temasek Boulevard 
Suntec City (North Wing)
#03-317
Singapore 038983

T: +65 6337 7319
E: [email protected]

Call Us Today

+65 9007 1085

Follow Us

Partnered Programs & Insurance Plans