You’ve had this tooth that’s been bugging you for a while, and you finally get an appointment to go see your dentist. During the appointment your dentist recommends that you have that tooth extracted. It may come as a shock to you that you need to completely lose a tooth, instead of just getting a filling or a root canal. If you’re unsure as to why your dentist is recommending a complete extraction, here are a few reasons your dentist may think this is the best option for your overall oral health.
Despite the advances in oral hygiene, some patients suffer from severe tooth decay due to genetics or other pre-existing conditions. These kinds of tooth extractions account for up to two thirds of all teeth extracted. If a tooth is decayed due to disease or infection then sometimes a filling or root canal isn’t possible since there isn’t enough natural tooth left to work with.
If you are suffering from gum disease that causes the gums to recede from the tooth, this can cause the tooth to become loose from the jawbone. Once this happens there isn’t much that can be done to repair the supportive tissue, so your dentist may have to extract the tooth and then start treating the gum disease.
This condition typically only happens with wisdom teeth in adults, but it can happen with other teeth in children if their infant teeth don’t become loose on their own. Impacted teeth can be very painful, and your dentist may recommend they be removed surgically.
Fractured or Cracked Teeth
If you were in an accident, got hit in the face while playing your favourite sport or were eating something hard and you cracked a tooth you may have to get it pulled. If it’s only a small chip on the side of a tooth then your dentist may be able to fix it with an onlay filling, but a fractured or cracked tooth cannot be repaired. It will also need to be pulled sooner rather than later to prevent infection, and help relieve any pain you might be feeling.
If you have chipped or stained teeth, an implant may be the only way to repair the affected tooth/teeth. Your dentist will recommend pulling the tooth so they can start the process of putting a permanent implant in.
Your dentist will give a full examination of your mouth before making any kind of recommendation about your options. Since pulling a tooth is an option with such a large impact, your dentist will only recommend it if they believe it’s truly your best option considering every other factor in the situation. During the procedure, the area will be numbed so that you don’t feel much but you may still feel some pressure. After an extraction, it is important to take care of the area and make sure bacteria stays out and that you avoid smoking to make sure a pocket doesn’t form in the gum. Your dentist will make sure you’re aware of all your options before a final decision is made.
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