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Why Would a Tooth Need To Be Extracted?

Your permanent teeth are meant to last you a lifetime, but sometimes they have to be removed. Dr. Charles Ernst and Dr. Charles Ernst, Jr. of Ernst Dental Centre in Bryan, TX, also serving college Station, TX, offer extractions that are necessary to maintain your oral health.

Reasons You May Need a Tooth Extraction

Extractions are avoided by dentists whenever possible. However, there are times when the tooth is too damaged and must be extracted to prevent further problems.

The most common reasons for tooth extraction are:

  • Trauma
  • Decay
  • Overcrowding
  • Impaction
  • Gum Disease

Dentists only remove teeth when all other treatment options have been exhausted.


Your teeth can become injured by trauma in a car accident, a blow to the face, or a fall. In trauma situations, two types of damage may require extraction:

  • Luxation: Tooth loosened
  • Fracture: Tooth broken


When tooth decay is severe, it affects the pulp at the tooth's center and enhances its vulnerability to a worsening infection. If the dentist doesn't see improvement after a root canal, then extraction is needed to protect and preserve the surrounding teeth.


When your teeth are too large to fit correctly in your mouth, overcrowding occurs. Another side effect of this can be crookedness. To avoid a misaligned smile and overcrowding, you may need to have a tooth extracted to allow more room for the other teeth.


When a tooth is impacted, it cannot grow out of the gums to its intended position. The impacted tooth is caused by something blocking it or preventing it from growing as intended.

Gum Disease

 Plaque can form on your teeth after eating, and it consists of bacteria that lead to gum disease. When the infection is severe, it infects the gums and causes the teeth to become loose.

Types of Extractions Procedures

When you need an extraction in Bryan, TX, also serving college Station, TX, your dentists can help.

A simple extraction is done when the tooth is visible in the mouth under local anesthesia to avoid discomfort. Sometimes, the affected tooth is not visible or cannot be accessed. For example, if the tooth is broken at the gum line or hasn't fully emerged from the gums. A surgical extraction is necessary for these cases.

If you need a tooth extraction, put your fear and anxiety to rest. Dr. Ernst and Dr. Ernst, Jr. of Ernst Dental Centre offer extractions in Bryan, TX, also serving college Station, TX. Call for your consultation appointment today at (979) 776-4450.

We encourage you to contact our office whenever you have an interest or concern.

Phone: (979) 776-4450

Fax: (979) 776-5196

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