There could be several reasons for tooth pain that won’t go away, including decay, teeth impaction, or tooth malposition that could be overcrowding the rest of your teeth. Since the pain for each of these is very similar, you must consult with a specialist to get an accurate diagnosis. Continue reading to find out if you may need a tooth extraction.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth Could Be Causing Pain

Common painful toothaches can come from your wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth, also known as your third molars, will cause excessive pain when they are coming in, or erupting, because they are putting extra pressure on the rest of your teeth, your gums, and your jaw bones.

As wisdom teeth are typically the last set of teeth to erupt, they are often partially impacted, making it difficult to clean around them adequately, and they may also potentially disrupt the position of the rest of your teeth. Because of this, you can be prone to infections from impacted third molars and also your other adult teeth can be affected by developing cavities or gum disease in hard to clean locations, or even possibly moved out of place. To prevent damage to your gums, jaws, other teeth or your smile, you should consider tooth extraction before the relatively minor problem progresses into a major issue that can negatively impact your oral health.

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Signs You May Need A Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction is one of the many procedures that SF Oral Surgery offers for its patients to relieve pain and treat dental issues like overcrowding, gum disease, tooth decay or oral infections. Before you schedule an appointment, you may need some reassurance that you need tooth extraction as a treatment. San Francisco residents should seek out tooth extraction as a solution if they are experiencing:

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Tooth Decay:

Your tooth could have decayed to the point of necessary extraction. When your teeth are close together, this can lead to difficulty with cleaning your teeth properly, and can make your mouth more prone to bacterial infections. This can also cause pressure that will continue to lead to long-term pain that will not go away on its own.This is one of the most common signs that you may need tooth extraction. Tooth decay is the primary reason you will feel pain in your teeth. This can cause swelling, intense pain, bad breath, and more.


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You may have an infection of your teeth or gums. If your teeth seem to be gradually pushing together, this could be due to overcrowding. Eventually, this will lead to discomfort, due to inability to adequately clean in tight spaces, and possibly also displacement of existing teeth.

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Your wisdom teeth are coming in painfully. If you have ignored any pain that you have been feeling in your teeth, the dental decay may have worsened over time and can lead to an infection. That can spread to affect other teeth, gums, or even your jaw and face.

If any of these are the case for you, it’s recommended that you consider tooth extraction as a possibility. San Francisco patients that are experiencing pain, overcrowding, or sensitivity in their teeth should immediately seek out an oral surgeon who can help you address the issue. At SF Oral Surgery, our oral surgeons provide surgical services, including tooth extraction, that can help relieve your pain.

If you are feeling any type of tooth pain, you should schedule an appointment immediately and find out if tooth extraction is the right choice for you. At SF Oral Surgery, our oral surgeons can help treat you and restore your oral health.

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