No dental patient looks forward to tooth extraction. In fact, it’s one of the leading causes of dental anxiety for younger and older patients alike! But tooth extractions are extremely common, and the chances are high that you’ll need to undergo at least one or two throughout your life.
The good news is that tooth extractions are incredibly safe, and with the use of anesthesia and numbing agents, they can also be completely pain-free. Do you think you might need a tooth extraction? Don’t put it off any longer than you need to: if you wait too long, you may be causing even more damage to your teeth. Below, we’ve compiled some excellent reasons not to avoid a tooth extraction!
To stop tooth decay in its tracks
If your tooth is starting to decay, your mouth becomes susceptible to infections and a buildup of harmful bacteria. That could result in developing an abscess, a pocket of pus that creates pain and discomfort such as:
- Aches that radiate throughout your jawbone, ear, or neck
- Sensitivity and pain when in contact with hot or cold temperatures
- Facial swelling
- Difficulties breathing and swallowing
Once you have an abscessed tooth, the only way to improve your symptoms is to remove the tooth. If the infection becomes severe, it may even spread to other areas of your body, creating even bigger problems.
To preserve your jawbones
Bone loss results in teeth shifting and becoming misaligned, often resulting from periodontal disease. As your teeth move out of place, you may find it difficult to chew, bite down, or even swallow. Left unchecked, your teeth will continue shifting and could cause your jawbone to become damaged. If you suffer from periodontal disease and are putting off a tooth extraction, you could be causing even more damage to your jawbone.
To get rid of damaged or cracked teeth
A broken tooth can cause a whole lot of pain and discomfort (a fact that many athletes know all too well). Even biting down on hard or crunchy foods can cause a tooth to become cracked! If you have a broken or damaged tooth that is not resolved right away, you are opening up a door for harmful bacteria or an infection to enter your body. Severely damaged or cracked teeth can even cause direct damage to your lips, gums, and cheeks.
To minimize wisdom tooth pain
In the world of tooth extractions, wisdom teeth are infamous. Once a wisdom tooth becomes impacted, it can result in a ton of daily pain and constant discomfort to your jaw and gums. Not only that, but avoiding a wisdom tooth extraction could create long-lasting damage to your jawbone, tooth misalignment, infections, and even chronic pain. The thought of getting your wisdom tooth extracted may not be a fun one – but it’s entirely better than the alternative!
If you’re feeling nervous or anxious about tooth extraction, reach out to TruBlu Dentistry! We’d be happy to talk through the procedure with you and ease any fears so that we can get your extraction scheduled and keep your mouth healthy.