While there are many specifically designed dental procedures to save a damaged tooth, it may be necessary to remove the tooth. One of the more common reasons for tooth extraction is if the tooth sustains too much damage from decay or an accident. Tooth extractions may also be necessary when someone’s wisdom teeth start to come in, which can cause a number of oral issues if they start shifting the teeth.
If you have a tooth that you think needs to be extracted, your first step is making a dentist appointment. The dentist will perform an examination in order to determine whether or not a tooth extraction is indeed the best choice for your particular situation.
When is a tooth extraction necessary?
While tooth extractions are not popular among patients, they may be necessary for a patient’s health. However, a dentist will do everything possible to help the patient keep all of the natural teeth. In fact, tooth extraction is the last resort for when the tooth is beyond saving.
Proper brushing and flossing are necessary for good oral health, and when a patient does not keep up with their oral hygiene as they should, it can easily lead to tooth decay. Unfortunately, too much tooth decay is one of the top reasons for why a dentist would need to extract a tooth.
Other issues that we can treat
Extracting a tooth may also be necessary if someone is experiencing what is commonly known as an overcrowded mouth because their wisdom teeth are coming in. If the wisdom teeth are not aligned perfectly when they start to grow in, they can start to push against the back molars, which in turn will start shifting the teeth.
Since crooked teeth do not support a healthy mouth, a dentist will often remove the wisdom teeth when they are not perfectly aligned when growing in. An infected tooth can also require the need for an extraction. If an infection reaches the pulp in a tooth, it can lead to the pulp dying, making it necessary to pull the tooth.
While an extraction is often the best choice for this particular situation, another option includes performing a root canal if the dentist deems the tooth has a chance at repair. It is essential for every dental patient to make sure that they are brushing and flossing at least twice a day.
If you are someone who is currently wondering whether or not tooth extractions are in your near future, we invite you to call us today. Contrary to popular belief, tooth extractions are not going to cause pain since we numb the area before beginning. In fact, many patients only feel a mild soreness following the procedure that they can relieve with painkillers.
We can help get you started on the right path to good oral health. If you do happen to need one or more teeth extracted, know that there are a few options available to you for filling the gap left, which the dentist will go over with you when creating your treatment plan.
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