Dentists may extract teeth as a treatment for a variety of reasons. While the procedure can be scary, it is typically quite safe and effective. Tooth extraction is necessary when a tooth is severely damaged and cannot be saved with a restoration, such as a filling or dental crown. There are also cases when teeth need to be extracted for orthodontic reasons. For example, if teeth crowd each other and are unable to be moved into their correct positions, they may need to be extracted. More often, a tooth is removed due to trauma, infection, or pain. Large cavities are the is the most common reason for tooth extractions in children. Cavities occur when bacteria in your mouth consume sugar, creating acid that attacks your teeth. The acid wears away the enamel on your teeth and creates holes (cavities). If left untreated, cavities can worsen and eventually damage the dentin and pulp of your tooth. In some cases, an infected tooth may need to be extracted to prevent the infection from spreading. Trauma can also cause damage to a tooth that may require extraction. Little Egypt Pediatric Dentistry offers tooth extraction services for children and teens in the Southern Illinois area. We understand that the thought of having a tooth pulled can be scary for both parents and kids. Our goal is to make the experience as positive as possible. We take extra care to ensure that our patients are comfortable and relaxed throughout their procedure. If you have any questions about tooth extraction or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.