It used to be the assumption that as we got older, we’d lose our natural teeth. The good news is that people today are keeping their teeth longer than ever before. In fact, 75% of Americans over the age of 65 still have some or all of their natural teeth. However, sometimes tooth extraction can’t be avoided. While there are many things your dentist can do to save a tooth that’s in trouble, we’re going to list some common reasons a tooth may need to be pulled.