When your dentist tells you that you need a tooth extraction, it is rarely welcome news. Just the idea of having a tooth pulled can seem scary, but the truth is that your dentist will do everything he can to make the experience as comfortable as possible, and he is recommending it because he feels it is the best option for your oral health. So why are tooth extractions sometimes necessary? Here are five of the most common reasons.
- Severe Decay
If a tooth is badly decayed, bacteria can reach the root of the tooth. Sometimes a root canal is enough to save the tooth, but other times a tooth extraction may be necessary to keep the infection from spreading to surrounding teeth.
- Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums that cause them to separate from the teeth resulting in the teeth becoming loose. While there are dental treatments available to reverse this in its earlier stages, extraction may be the best option for more advanced periodontal disease.
- Impacted Teeth
An impacted tooth is one that is blocked by other teeth from fully coming out. This is most commonly seen with wisdom teeth. In order to prevent the tooth from displacing other healthy teeth, your dentist may recommend that it be removed.
When there simply isn’t enough room in your mouth for all of your teeth, they can push each other out of place and become crooked. Tooth extraction is one solution to make room for the remaining teeth and allow them to grow straight. Tooth extraction is sometimes necessary prior to orthodontic work so that teeth can be more easily aligned.
If your teeth have suffered from trauma either as a result of a car accident, sports collision or even if you have simply bit down too hard on an un-popped kernel of popcorn, one or more of your teeth may have been knocked loose or cracked. When this happens, your dentist will do everything possible to save your tooth and may recommend dental procedures such as dental crowns. In the worst of these cases however, a tooth extraction may be the best option.
Remember, the goal of your dentist is to help you keep your natural teeth as long as possible and when extraction does become necessary, they will take every precaution to give you a painless and comfortable treatment.
If you have any concerns about your teeth, call Town Smiles Dental today to book an appointment.