Why Removing A Tooth Could Be Your Best Choice

Saving your natural teeth is always a good choice. That’s why our Norton Shores dentists are highly trained in restorative dentistry treatments like dental crowns. However, there are times when keeping that tooth in your mouth is a very bad idea.

That’s why you need to call us today at 507-216-6252 and schedule a dental exam. Given our dentists’ experience, they can determine if a tooth can be repaired or if it needs to come out.

Don’t Ignore That Bad Tooth

Getting a dental extraction doesn’t sound like much fun, which is why some people can be tempted to ignore the problem. However, that’s not the way to handle it because things can get worse:

  • An infection causing a toothache spreads to other parts of your body.
  • A weak tooth can break apart while still in your mouth.
  • The jawbone around that tooth starts to deteriorate.
  • A mild toothache gets very painful.

Call our Rochester, MN dental office today to schedule a dental exam. If a dental extraction really is the best thing for you, rest assured that our dentists are highly trained in safely and gently removing damaged teeth.

When You Need A Dental Extraction

Many times, a dental crown can repair teeth. Root canals can remove infections, and dental fillings can correct cavities in your enamel. That’s what restorative dentistry does. But you cannot repair all kinds of damage.

Here are some specific cases when a dental extraction would be the best thing for you.


They’re called “wisdom” teeth because they come in much later than your others when you’re supposed to be wiser. However, coming in that late can be a big problem. Many wisdom teeth never completely come in, partially impacted under the gums. This can let food collect there, increasing your risk of cavities and gum disease.

Wisdom teeth also come in underneath your other molars, knocking your teeth out of alignment. Our dentists partner with a local specialist in wisdom teeth removals to ensure you get the quality care you need.


A cavity keeps growing until it’s treated. Because your enamel has no nerves in it, that means you could have a cavity growing big and deep without realizing it. Eventually, such a cavity will let bacteria infect the inside of that tooth.

If this infection spreads too far, there won’t be enough healthy enamel left to save. At this point, it’s much safer to remove the tooth. If you ignore the tooth for too long, that infection can spread to other parts of your body.


The same bacteria that can infect your teeth can infect your gums as well. When this happens, your gums recede from your teeth. Your jawbone also starts to grow weaker. Combined together, and your teeth will start to loosen until they finally fall out.

If this is happening, it’s often better to remove a loose tooth now rather than let it come out on its own. If you don’t control it, the tooth could break instead of fall out or really hurt your bone around it. After all, you’ll still be eating and chewing with it.


Some people just never lose all their baby teeth. Others find themselves with more adult teeth than they’re supposed to have. Either way, they end up with an overcrowded smile. This can trap food between teeth, leading to cavities. It can also create worn spots where the extra teeth rub against your others.

In these cases, the only treatment is a dental extraction. Otherwise, you’re just going to keep having small problems until they get really big. For example, people with overcrowded smiles can have jaw joint issues that lead to TMJ disorder.

Call us TODAY at 507-315-2932 or use our online form to schedule your next appointment. Our dentists will always try to save your teeth. That’s why you can get dental crowns, dental fillings, and more at our Rochester, MN dental office. But there are times when a dental extraction is your best choice to keep your mouth (and body) healthy.