How to Know When Your Tooth Needs to Be Extracted

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Tooth extraction is never an easy decision to make, but sometimes it’s necessary to promote better oral health and prevent future complications. With that said, how can you tell if your tooth needs to be extracted? In this blog post, we’ll discuss the signs that indicate tooth extraction may be necessary.

Severe Tooth Pain:

If you experience severe and constant tooth pain, it may be a sign that extraction is necessary. The pain can be caused by a number of issues, including cavities, infection, and trauma. Your dentist may try other treatments before recommending extraction, but if they don’t work, extraction may be the best option.

Loose Tooth:

A tooth that feels loose is often a sign of gum disease or injury, and it can also indicate that extraction is necessary. If not addressed quickly, loose teeth can lead to further dental problems, such as infection and bone loss.

Impacted Teeth:

When a tooth is impacted, it means it hasn’t emerged from the gum line properly. Impacted teeth can cause pain, swelling, and infection. They also increase the risk of gum disease and decay. Sometimes, dentists will recommend extracting impacted teeth to mitigate these potential problems.


If your teeth are overcrowded, it may be necessary to extract one or more teeth so that your remaining teeth can shift into the correct position. Overcrowding can cause misalignment, which may lead to bite issues, jaw pain, and chipping or cracking of the teeth.

Irreparable Damage or Infection:

If your tooth is severely damaged or infected, it may not be possible to save it with a filling or dental procedure. In this case, extraction may be recommended to prevent the spread of infection to other teeth.


Tooth extraction may sound scary, but it’s often necessary to ensure better oral health. If you’re experiencing any of the above signs, it’s crucial to see your dentist immediately to discuss your options. Remember, tooth extraction can help you avoid future dental complications and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile!

Our team at Newbury Dental is here for a consultation. If you believe you need a tooth extracted, or are looking for other alternatives, contact us.

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