No one is eager when they find out that they need a tooth extraction, but sometimes they are needed in order to preserve the health of your smile. They will only be recommended by your dentist if deemed absolutely necessary, so there will always be a good reason for them. There are a wide variety of issues that could lead to the need for an extraction. Here are some of the most common reasons why patients need to have a tooth pulled.
Progressed Tooth Decay
If you have tooth decay that has become very deep, it will eventually reach the center of the tooth, also known as the “pulp.” The bacteria that are produced by decay can invade the pulp and cause an infection. In some case, root canal therapy may still be able to save an infected tooth, but if it is too far progressed, and extraction may be required to prevent the spread of infection to other areas of the mouth and body.
This is an infection of the gums, periodontal ligaments, alveolar bone, and other structures that surround the teeth. This is cause by the bacteria present in dental plaque – that sticky, white substance that forms on your teeth after eating. When periodontal disease becomes severe, it can loosen your teeth and cause you to need an extraction if they aren’t salvageable.
When a tooth is blocked from completely erupting, this means that it is impacted. This is most common with wisdom teeth, or the 3rd molars. Having these teeth extracted is very common in order to prevent an impacted tooth from damaging surrounding teeth. This can also help to lower the risk of infection and overcrowding in the mouth.
When there isn’t enough room in the mouth for all of the teeth, an extraction of one or more may be necessary. This is sometimes recommended when a patient undergoes orthodontic treatment so that the teeth have plenty of room to move around and realign.
After an Accident or Injury
If a patient has been in an accident or injury and their teeth have been damaged, preserving the teeth is always the preferred option. However, when damage is too severe, extractions may be necessary. Tooth replacement options can be discussed to fill in the gaps.
Extractions are very common, so if you have one coming up, you have nothing to fear. Sometimes, they are the best option to help you work towards excellent oral health!
About the Practice
At The Dentists of Newtown, there is a team of general dentists, cosmetic dentists, and specialists all under one roof. This way, patients can get pretty much anything they need in a single, convenient location. If you think you are in need of an extraction, they would be happy to take a look and determine the solution that’s best for your smile! For more information on tooth extractions or to schedule an appointment, visit their website or call (215) 579-9900.