Why might I need tooth removal and extraction?

There are a number of reasons why your dentist may suggest that you have tooth removal and extraction. Usually, teeth will be removed if they are unable to be restored from decay or infection. You may have cavities that could make an entire tooth rotten, one tooth could be aligned in a strange way so that it crowds out your other teeth, or your tooth could be infected. Teeth may be removed prior to braces to create extra space

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