Is the Tooth a Threat?
The next situation where we might recommend removing a tooth is when the tooth is actually a threat to your health and/or your other teeth.
If a tooth is infected, root canal therapy might be able to save the tooth, but sometimes the infection needs to be handled quickly before it spreads or to help control an already wide-ranging infection. This situation could be life-threatening, so immediate action might be necessary.
Gum disease could also be the problem. If a tooth has developed extensive gum disease around it, we might need to pull the tooth to aid in treatment of the gum disease before it threatens your other teeth.