Hearing that you may need a tooth extraction is never easy news to take. The reality is, however, that extraction is sometimes the only viable option available from your dentist. The alternative is leaving the tooth in place and risking further oral health complications.
Reasons for Tooth Extraction
In order to relax and feel better about a tooth extraction, it helps if you know the reasons behind the procedure. At Bayside Dental we never remove healthy teeth, so you can rest assured the treatment is necessary and in your best interests.
Infection – When a tooth becomes infected, it can quickly spread to other teeth and the gums. If the infection cannot be reversed through other treatments, extracting the tooth is preferable to compromising multiple healthy teeth.
Periodontitis – Severe gum disease many result in the need for a tooth extraction. Your dentist will, of course, attempt to save any teeth affected by periodontitis, but the need for a tooth extraction is a distinct possibility in many cases. Your dentist will also continue to treat your gum disease in order to reverse the condition and save your remaining teeth.
Wisdom tooth extraction – Wisdom teeth can have difficulty cutting through and may cause crowding even if they do. They are also prone to infection, so your dentist will often give you the option of having wisdom teeth removed as a preventive measure. Your oral hygiene will benefit; you don’t actually need your wisdom teeth to begin with.
Teeth crowding – If you are experiencing crowding in your mouth, it is likely due to having teeth that are too large for the available space. This condition often prevents new teeth from cutting through, resulting in pain and discomfort. A tooth extraction can rectify the problem and allow your teeth to erupt in a more natural shape.
If you would like to know if a tooth extraction is necessary, contact Bayside Dental, today, to make an appointment.