Dr. Zachary Law, DDS
1337 Hardy Road | Vinton, VA 24179
Creating Healthy Smiles
& Happy Families

Why do I need to have my tooth extracted?

There are a number of reasons why it may be necessary to extract a tooth. In most cases, a tooth needs to be removed because decay has become so severe that extraction is the only option available to prevent you from experiencing acute pain.

It is our primary goal to preserve teeth whenever possible. Treatments like root canal therapy are one example of ways in which we can save a severely damaged tooth. When you have a root canal infection, you most likely experience a lot of pain. The only way to eliminate the pain and save the tooth is with a root canal.

But if you put off having a root canal, the pain will worsen as decay continues to work its way into the root and nerves of your tooth. When this happens, a root canal may no longer be an option, and extraction of the tooth may be the only way to eliminate your pain.

Other instances where tooth extraction is necessary are breaks or fractures in your tooth that extend beneath your gum line and wisdom teeth that have developed improperly and are causing crowding, which can lead to more serious oral health problems.