A tooth extraction is the most common dental procedure out there aside from normal cleaning. Anyone who has experienced tooth pain knows that often an extraction is the only option. However, there are situations where someone does need to have a tooth extraction even if there is no pain. This idea can often seem counterintuitive to the patient, but this article will explain why this scenario is not as rare as many people think. 

While pain can be a sign that a tooth needs to be removed, a tooth can have serious issues without any pain. More often than not, if the affected tooth is left in it will become painful eventually but by then it can be much more difficult to treat. 

Gum disease is one of the best, and most common, examples of a dental issue that doesn’t cause pain if it’s caught early on, but can lead to serious issues if left untreated. Tooth decay is another common issue that is often caught before it becomes painful. Even if a dentist isn’t worried about gum disease or tooth decay, concerns like overcrowding and preventative extractions are also common reasons why a dentist might suggest a patient consider having a tooth extraction even if they are not experiencing any pain. 

Going to the dentist regularly is important not just for treating current issues, but for identifying and managing concerns before they turn into something more serious. Often that means having a tooth extraction. The bottom line here is that dentists are supposed to have the best interests of their patients at heart. That means they’re not suggesting that a patient have a tooth extracted for no reason. 

Of course, it never hurts to get a second opinion. Any patient who is concerned that they are being asked to have a procedure that they don’t need should always consider seeking a second opinion. To learn more, visit



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