Do you think you might need a tooth extracted? Never fear: having a tooth pulled is actually a pain-free procedure thanks to modern technology and local anesthesia. While we generally strive to salvage your natural teeth if possible, tooth extraction is sometimes the only option. Here are some of the reasons we may recommend a tooth extraction to improve your oral health.
1. If your tooth is damaged.
There are several reasons why you may have damaged a tooth to the point of requiring an extraction. If you had an accident, for example, or you shattered the tooth into multiple pieces, this could be cause for a tooth extraction. Luckily, with advances in dental technology, damaged teeth can be easily replaced with bridges or dental implants.
2. If you have severe tooth decay.
Severe tooth decay can be a result of anything from poor dental hygiene to your genetics. If your tooth is decayed beyond the repair of a filling, crown, or root canal procedure, it may have to be removed. This will prevent the decay from spreading to the adjacent teeth.
3. If you are suffering from periodontal disease.
When gum disease reaches the advanced stages, it can lead to tooth loss. This is because the gums reach a point where they can no longer anchor the roots firmly in place. When your teeth are loose due to not having adequate support, you may need a tooth extraction. We want to avoid getting to this point if at all possible. Luckily, several preventative measures can be taken to avoid gum disease or lessen its effects, so long as you seek treatment early.
4. If you have an impacted wisdom tooth.
Wisdom teeth extraction is actually quite common, as they rarely come in perfectly without causing problems with the surrounding teeth. It is also common for wisdom teeth to grow at an angle, causing them to become impacted in the gums. If your wisdom teeth cannot emerge from the gums, it can lead to infection, pain, and even damage to surrounding teeth. Therefore, your dentist may decide to remove your wisdom teeth to remedy these issues.
5. If you have overcrowded teeth.
Occasionally, people find that their dental arch lacks enough space for their teeth. This may result from primary teeth that have not fallen out or wisdom teeth that have grown in and misaligned the surrounding teeth. To remedy this issue, you may require a combination of tooth extractions and orthodontic treatment.
Do you think that you might need a tooth extracted? Contact TruBlu Dentistry today to schedule your consultation and discuss your treatment options!