Signs Your Tooth Must Be Extracted

As an adult, permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime. But then, there are also some reasons why tooth extraction becomes necessary. Common reasons include badly damaged teeth due to trauma or decay which needs to be repaired, and mild to severe pain.

Here are a few other signs, which may indicate that you need to have a tooth extracted:

You have a crowded mouth.

If a patient is going to undergo orthodontia, dentists will pull teeth to help prepare the mouth. Orthodontia is done to align the teeth properly, which won’t be possible only if your teeth are too big for your mouth. If a tooth cannot erupt or break through the gum because of not having enough room in the mouth for it, the dentist may recommend on pulling a tooth. Also, if you have extra teeth that may possibly block other teeth from coming in, tooth extraction may be done.

There is infection in the mouth.

If tooth decay or damage is left untreated, it will extend to the pulp or the center of the tooth, which contains the nerves as well as the corresponding blood vessels. Be made aware that any bacteria can then go through this part and might lead to infection. This case can often be corrected by filling, crown, or doing the Root Canal Therapy but if it happens that the infection is just too severe and antibiotics or RCT cannot cure it, tooth extraction may be done to prevent the further spreading of infection to the other parts of the mouth.

You have a gum disease.

Also known as periodontal disease, which is known as the infection of the tissues and bones surrounding and supporting the teeth, may have caused loosening of a tooth, which makes it necessary to be extracted.

You have wisdom teeth symptoms.

This feels like teething even though you’re already an adult. Usually situated at the back of your mouth, swelling can be felt as if there is a tooth trying to erupt. Also known as third molars, the wisdom teeth are often extracted either before or after they finally come in. Wisdom teeth often come in when a person is in his or her late teens or early 20s. If the wisdom teeth are decayed, or are causing severe pain, or have a cyst or infection, they need to be removed immediately. Oftentimes, these teeth get stuck in the jaw and do not fully come in which can irritate the gum and cause pain and swelling. If the four wisdom teeth are to be removed, they will usually be taken out at the same time.


When you feel any sort of pain in your Wisdom teeth, you need not really think about Wisdom teeth extraction. To be sure, have an appointment with your dentist and have it checked. He or she will know best on what to do and how to treat the discomfort you are feeling. Having your wisdom teeth removed is painful enough, but eating after wisdom teeth removal can sometimes be worse than the procedure itself. Your dentist will likely tell you to stick to soft foods and liquids for the first twenty-four hours after an extraction. Figuring out what foods are safe will help speed your recovery and reduce post extraction pain.

For most people, cold liquids will help reduce swelling and pain. Try to avoid very sugary or high acid drinks, because these can irritate the raw flesh in and around the extraction site. Milkshakes, cold tea, and sugar free slush drinks are all good cold drink choices. Lukewarm beverages may also reduce pain, especially for those with sensitive teeth. Warm coffee, tea, and clear soups soothe nerve pain, which may become worse after an extraction. Avoid very hot drinks, which may make the pain worse.

Safe foods include mashed potatoes, soups and soft stews, cooked fruits, baked fish, and pasta dishes which don’t need much chewing. Scrambled eggs, omelets, and hard boiled eggs are safe breakfast choices. Oatmeal, soft cooked cereals, and bananas are usually safe breakfast options as well. Cream soups, noodle soups, and soft stews are good lunch and dinner choices. Canned beef stew is usually safe, but may need to be cooked to soften the meat instead of just heated. Avoid soups and stews which contain rice, large pieces of spices, chewy grains, and dumplings. Even though dumplings are technically a soft food, they can compress into a hard, gluey ball during chewing.

Other safe foods include applesauce, ice cream, ice pops, gelatin desserts, sugar free puddings, and soft cooked chicken, lamb, and pork. Any food you can swallow without chewing is safe after a dental extraction. Just be sure that you take very small bites to reduce the risk of choking.

What you do after you eat is just as important as what you eat after wisdom tooth removal. Your dentist will give you instructions on caring for your teeth after an extraction. You will likely be told to use a gentle salt water rinse for the first twelve hours after your appointment. Afterward, you may use a gentle mouthwash as recommended by your dentist. Brush your teeth gently for the first few days, and avoid brushing over the extraction site. Proper oral hygiene after tooth extraction will help prevent gingivitis and other oral infections. Redness, swelling, fever, and excessive pain may be signs of infection, so report these symptoms to your dentist immediately to avoid complications.