The Truth About Tooth Extractions

worried about tooth extractionTooth extraction isn’t exactly the most pleasant of dental procedures, but sometimes, its necessity trumps all else. When your dentist recommends that a tooth be extracted, it typically means that the tooth is not only beyond saving, but also a threat to the rest of your oral health. To learn more about tooth extractions, or to find out if it’s too late to save your tooth, visit your dentist today for a comprehensive evaluation.

Reasons to Extract Teeth


Having a tooth knocked out isn’t exactly an extraction, and doesn’t count as such. However, it is possible for a tooth to sustain enough damage that it can’t be saved, even though it still remains in its socket, particularly if the tooth’s root is cracked or fractured.

Tooth infections

Usually, tooth decay (a bacterial tooth infection) can be treated with a dental filling, or with root canal therapy if it’s extreme. If the infection consumes enough of your tooth structure (a result of procrastination or neglect), then a restoration might not work, and the tooth may need to be extracted.

Periodontal disease

Periodontal (gum) disease is a dental infection that ravishes your gums and jawbone, rather than your teeth themselves. When it progress enough, gum disease can erode the jawbone that supports your teeth by their roots. If you don’t seek treatment in time, one or more teeth might need to be extracted due to a lack of sufficient support.

Could You Have Prevented the Need for an Extraction?

With the exception of accidental damage, or impacted wisdom teeth, most cases of tooth extraction can be prevented by practicing good hygiene and attending regular dental checkups and cleanings. Dental issues like tooth decay and gum disease are highly treatable, and if attended to in a timely fashion, you can prevent them from costing you one or more teeth.


With over 25 years of professional experience, Dr. Steven M. Huffstutler and his caring team proudly provide exceptional preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dental treatment to patients and their families across Dallas/Ft. Worth, including North Richland Hills, Denton, the Mid-cities, Southlake, and all surrounding communities. We also have extensive experience helping patients find relief from painful TMJ disorders (various forms of jaw dysfunction). To schedule an appointment with Dr. Huffstutler, contact our office today by calling 817-918-3038.