Certain oral health problems may require a tooth extraction, and the following reasons should clarify when this process is necessary:

Impacted teeth

When a tooth cannot break through your gum, you will experience impacted teeth, which means only part of your tooth has broken through. This is a common oral health problem, although many people may not realize that their teeth are impacted until their dentist asks for an x-ray, and symptoms can include swollen gums and pain while chewing. Impacted teeth will likely have to be removed if they are causing you pain, so a tooth extraction would be required in this case; otherwise, an impacted tooth can lead to infection, crowding and a


Overcrowding may require a tooth extraction, especially for patients who have smaller mouths or for patients who have an extra tooth. A tooth extraction would create more space in your mouth, and you may have an easier time cleaning your teeth and maintaining a proper oral hygiene routine.

Gum Disease/Infection

Certain infections can be treated with medication, but periodontal infection and gum disease may require a tooth extraction so that the root of your tooth does not become damaged. Tooth extraction would be necessary because gum disease is a serious problem that can lead to bone loss.


If you experience physical trauma or damage to your teeth, your dentist may recommend a tooth extraction, although this can depend on the severity of the situation. Trauma can be the result of a sports injury or accident and can lead to broken teeth and damage to the root of your tooth. It may be possible for your dentist to save your tooth, but if they see that the tooth is severely damaged or knocked out, it will likely have to be removed.

Tooth Decay

A filling can sometimes take care of teeth that are damaged by decay, but if the problem is severe, a root canal or crown may be necessary. In some cases, the decay may continue to worsen, and if you do not seek treatment on time, your dentist may not be able to repair your tooth decay and may remove the tooth instead. Cavities can impact the rest of your teeth in your mouth, and this is why an extraction may be necessary.

Wisdom Teeth

Most people have to get their wisdom teeth removed because there is not enough room in the mouth for these teeth to grow naturally, so it may lead to overcrowding. Additionally, wisdom teeth are almost always impacted, so they may have to be extracted at some point.

Our team here at Interface London specializes in wisdom tooth removal, dental implants and corrective jaw surgery, and we also offer Botox for facial pain. If your wisdom teeth are causing you pain or if you require more information, do not hesitate to contact us for more details. We serve patients in the London, Sarnia and St. Thomas areas, so give us a call today!