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Common Reasons for Tooth Extraction

August 01, 2012 @ 12:27 AM -- by

Manhattan Tooth ExtractionWhen you were a child, losing a tooth was an exciting thing. It signaled growing up and meant a possible visit from the tooth fairy. However, as a grown up, you don’t expect to lose a tooth. While our permanent teeth are meant to be just that, it may not always be the case. For Manhattan patients needing tooth extraction, Dr. Maurice Edwards offers premium service. Dr. Edwards, a renowned Manhattan oral surgeon is an expert in tooth extraction. But why would a tooth extraction be necessary? There are several common reasons for tooth extraction.

Overcrowded Mouth

One common reason for tooth extraction is an overcrowded mouth. Many people may have their wisdom teeth extracted because they can crowd into the other teeth in our mouth and are simply not necessary. Overcrowding may also be a cause of misaligned teeth. In preparation for orthodontic work, some teeth may need to be removed to allow for the proper alignment of the rest of your teeth.

Tooth Decay

If tooth decay is severe and has reached the pulp, or the center of your tooth, an infection can occur. In most cases, a root canal and use of an antibiotic can cure the infection. However, for some patients, the infection is so severe that this treatment does not work. In this case, a tooth extraction may be required to stop the infection from spreading to other teeth in your mouth.

Gum Disease

Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, affects the gums and bones surrounding your teeth. If you suffer from a severe case of gum disease, the teeth in the affected area can become loose. In this case, the loose teeth may need to be extracted.


In some cases, the reasons for a tooth extraction may be cosmetic. If the aesthetics of your teeth have been compromised beyond treatment through other cosmetic dental procedures, you may opt for tooth extraction.

Following a Tooth Extraction

It is easy to see that a tooth extraction is sometimes the necessary choice. However, no one wants to walk around with missing teeth. What are your options once you have gone through a tooth extraction? Does your smile have to be forever compromised? Fortunately, the answer is no. There are dental procedures that can fill in the gaps left by tooth extraction. Dr. Edwards can offer his clients in New York dental implants, bridges, or dentures to fill in those gaps. Dental implants are one of the most popular options for missing teeth because they are secured into your jaw with tiny titanium screws and are the closest option to your natural teeth. They look and feel like your natural teeth and do not require any special care, as opposed to dentures which can slip out of place and need to be removed for cleaning.

Learn More

If you are concerned about your oral health or think you may need a tooth extracted, schedule an appointment today. Dr. Edwards is happy to answer any questions you may have about tooth extractions and the options available for replacing those teeth. We look forward to restoring your smile!

Dr. Maurice Edwards, D.M.D.

Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

41 East 57th Street, Suite 1204
New York, New York 10022
p: 212 888 8624 f: 212 838 5533