Why Would I Need to Have a Tooth Extracted?

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Why Would I Need to Have a Tooth Extracted?

Although extraction isn’t ideal, sometimes it’s the best procedure. If your dentist has suggested removing one or more teeth, there’s a reason. In this post, we describe when extraction is the best course of action.

In general, dental health professionals work to help you keep your natural teeth. However, there are many cases where removing a tooth is the best thing. If one or more of your teeth threatens your overall oral health, tooth extraction is the best approach to correcting your issues. 

Dr. Mohsena Ahmad and her dedicated team conduct extractions and offer several tooth replacement options for people throughout San Jose, California. Although having a tooth removed may seem like a difficult and painful procedure, modern techniques have made extractions relatively simple and pain-free. 

Our highly trained staff knows how to keep you comfortable and your mouth healthy. Here are just a few reasons why you may need a tooth extraction.

A gum problem

Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss. It happens when bacteria-filled plaque remains on your teeth. Plaque hardens, becomes tartar, and works its way beneath your gums. 

Eventually, the bacteria in the tartar begin to deteriorate your gum tissues. This can even cause problems with the ligaments and bones that support your teeth. Eventually, your teeth loosen and move when you chew or speak. At this point, an extraction is usually the best course of action. 


If you have a traumatic injury to your mouth that damages a tooth, you may end up needing an extraction. For example, you may break a tooth in a car accident or by biting down on hard food. If you only have a small portion or irregular section of tooth left, we may recommend removing it. 

In some instances, a dental crown could be an excellent option to protect what’s left of your natural tooth, but in others, there’s not enough left to support a crown. Extracting the damaged tooth and replacing it with an implant or bridge could restore normal function and appearance. 


An erupted tooth is one that fully breaks through the surface of your gums. When a tooth doesn’t come through your gum, you can end up with an impacted tooth. It happens most often with wisdom teeth.

Impacted teeth can cause problems. You may have a higher likelihood of developing gum disease or cavities. You may have difficulties properly cleaning your teeth because the impaction can move your other teeth. 

Impaction can also cause pain, bleeding, and swelling. Removing the impacted teeth can restore function, improve your symptoms, as well as lower the risk of other complications like tooth decay. 

Crowded teeth

Often braces or aligners can correct poor alignment by slowly moving your teeth to their correct positions. This reduces the possibility of problems often associated with misalignment and also improves your appearance. 

If Dr. Ahmad recommends braces or aligners, she may also suggest removing one or more teeth. Teeth that are overcrowded due to a small jawbone or large teeth can cause misalignment. Removing one or more teeth can give the other teeth space to move into the proper position. 

If you’d like to learn more about tooth extraction or options for replacing missing teeth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ahmad today. She’s happy to answer questions and suggest a treatment plan in the context of your specific situation.