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Having a tooth pulled is far from a good experience. Most people don’t look forward to it, and unless you’re young and losing baby teeth, having a tooth extracted is usually a sign of a more serious underlying issue.

Today we’re going to look at some instances in which a tooth needs to be extracted and how you can avoid them.

Severe cavity

If you let your oral health deteriorate to the point that a cavity has completely eaten through your tooth, a filling, root canal, or crown may not be able to salvage it. In this instance you’ll have to have the tooth pulled to make room for a bridge or dental implant, though both of those restoration options are dependent on your overall oral health.

Infection

If your tooth becomes infected, it can form what’s called an abscess. This is when the base of your tooth near your gums started to decay, causing damage to both the tooth and gums. Obviously that’s a scenario you want to avoid, and you can do so by remembering to floss regularly. Flossing is one of the single most important things you can do to ensure that your gums stay healthy – and to prevent the need for any tooth extractions to take place.