Teeth are sometimes infected or crowding other teeth in the mouth. When that happens, your dentist may refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio for extraction. If a tooth is so decayed it can not be saved, if it is an abscessed tooth, or the tooth is too badly damaged from trauma, it must be removed.
Sometimes teeth are extracted before braces are put on to alleviate a crowded mouth. If a tooth is impacted or can not break through the gum, your dentist or a maxillofacial surgeon may recommend removal.
Excessive tooth decay that has compromised the integrity of the tooth is another reason a tooth may be removed. Infection, risk of infection, an abscessed tooth, or damage to the pulp (interior of the tooth) are other reasons a dentist or oral surgeon may recommend having a tooth extracted.
People who are receiving chemotherapy, having an organ transplant or are in other ways immunocompromised also may be referred to an oral surgeon to have compromised teeth removed to prevent infection.