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What is the purpose of a tooth extraction?

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Having a tooth pulled in adulthood is sometimes necessary.

Although permanent teeth were meant to last a lifetime, there are a number of reasons why tooth extraction may be needed. A very common reason involves a tooth that is too badly damaged, from trauma or decay, to be repaired.

SOURCES:

Weill Cornell Medical College, department of surgery: "Dental Extraction."

American Dental Association: "Tooth Extractions."

Kaiser Permanente: "Tooth Extraction for Gum Disease."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Tooth Extraction for Gum Disease."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on August 12, 2020

SOURCES:

Weill Cornell Medical College, department of surgery: "Dental Extraction."

American Dental Association: "Tooth Extractions."

Kaiser Permanente: "Tooth Extraction for Gum Disease."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Tooth Extraction for Gum Disease."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on August 12, 2020

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