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Reasons For Pulling A Tooth

Reasons for having a tooth extractionNobody wants to get a tooth pulled, but sometimes it’s necessary – and can be anxiety-inducing. There are many reasons for getting a tooth pulled, but they all fall primarily under four basic categories: overcrowded mouth, infection, risk of infection, and gum disease. If you’re experiencing any of these, consult your dentist to see if you need a tooth extraction to mediate it.

Crowded mouth

‘Eruption’ is the term we use for teeth that are coming up through your gums. Sometimes, an erupting tooth may not have enough space to move smoothly into position, which can result in misaligned teeth that look irregular.

In such circumstances, a dentist may assess your teeth and gums and conclude that extraction is necessary. The dental professional will determine which tooth requires removal to give all of your teeth the best chance to align correctly in your mouth.


When tooth decay or damage gets too close to the pulp – the root of your tooth – it can become infected. Your dentist may decide that extraction is necessary to combat the infection. Mouth infections are serious issues that you must deal with quickly before they have the chance to spread throughout your body.

Risk of infection

In some situations, it might become necessary to remove a tooth before an infection develops. If you are having surgery or have a compromised immune system, you might need teeth extracted to limit the risk of infection. If you have a problem tooth and are having surgery soon, consult your dentist to find out if a tooth extraction is necessary.

Periodontal (Gum) Disease

Gum disease is different than tooth infection. Gum disease affects the gums that support your teeth and can weaken your bones, which can loosen your teeth. In these situations, dentists sometimes opt for tooth removal to help you combat gum disease.

What To Expect After Your Tooth Extraction

Your dentist will communicate all the necessary steps you need to take for proper aftercare of tooth extraction. But if you don’t remember the instructions – or need additional information – let’s run through the most common directives to help you heal successfully.

Take any prescribed medication and painkillers as directed. Extraction often results in lingering soreness in your mouth, and painkillers help curtail that pain while your mouth recovers.

The dentist will supply you with a gauze pad for soaking up bleeding and keeping the extraction area covered. Keep the gauze pad in for several hours after tooth removal to allow the blood in your gums time to clot.

Apply an ice bag to the area as soon as it’s convenient. The ice will help reduce swelling and help with pain management.

Limit your activity and rest for at least 24 hours after your extraction procedure. We understand that you have a busy life and don’t want to slow down, but healing takes time. You don’t want to risk additional issues by not allowing your body the time it needs to heal.

Rinse out your mouth regularly with a saltwater solution. Put a teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of water and rinse periodically. This solution helps keep the removal site clean.

Stick to soft food for the first few days after your extraction. Try to limit your food intake to things like applesauce, yogurt, or pudding to reduce your risk of irritating the clot that is forming over your wound.

Brush your teeth as usual, but be careful not to disturb the site of the extraction. Again, you want to maintain good oral hygiene, which helps with infection and preventive care, but you don’t want to irritate the clot and cause further bleeding.

Contact Us For Your Extractions In Anchorage

Few people walk into a dentist’s office looking to get a tooth extracted. It’s something you want to avoid if at all possible. But when it becomes necessary, it’s crucial to have a dedicated, qualified staff of professionals to help facilitate the process and make it as painless as possible.

The excellent Anchorage dentists and staff at Anchorage Dental Group will consult with you before and after any extraction. We make excellent customer care our top priority. We’ll do whatever we can to make you as comfortable as possible, both during the procedure and afterward.

With 50 years of experience in the Anchorage area, we’ve got the expertise and training to turn a stressful process into a more comfortable and helpful experience. If you’re experiencing dental issues, call us today to schedule an appointment.

Find us:

Anchorage Dental Group
8301 Briarwood St, Ste 201
Anchorage, AK 99518

Phone: (907) 349-6522