Tooth preservation is always the most preferred dental option. However, there may be cases when the only way to ensure your dental health is to extract the tooth.
Before a tooth extraction, our trusted dentists will evaluate the condition of your teeth and recommend the most ideal oral care treatment option for your dental condition. Here are the top 5 common reasons for tooth extraction:
#1 Unavoidable After an Accident
Accidents happen when we least expect them. Some accidents cause dental fractures that are irreparable which may result to the extraction of the severely damaged tooth.
#2 Impacted Wisdom Teeth
What is an impacted wisdom tooth?
A wisdom tooth is impacted when it is either partially or fully blocked from coming out or erupting. In some cases, the impacted wisdom tooth that comes out partially tends to push adjacent teeth causing pain and discomfort.
An x-ray of the patient’s wisdom tooth is evaluated to ensure that tooth extraction is the proper procedure. Tooth extraction may be recommended if the impacted tooth is causing distress and damage to other teeth or surrounding gums.
#3 Teeth Overcrowding
Overcrowding is a dental condition when there are more teeth than what can fit your jaw. Tooth extraction is one of the best dental solutions to eliminate teeth overcrowding.
When you are a candidate for an orthodontic procedure, tooth extraction may be recommended to lessen teeth overcrowding. This way, there will be enough room for proper alignment of your teeth.
#4 Irreparable Damage Due to Tooth Decay
Tooth abscess happens when the bacteria produced by the decay invades the pulp causing an infection. Root canal therapy is one of the many dental options that can help resolve tooth decay conditions. However, when tooth decay is ignored and has become severe, tooth extraction may be the only recommendation to avoid the spread of infection.
#5 Advanced Periodontal Disease
What is a periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is a dental infection that affects the gums, alveolar bone, periodontal ligaments and other soft and hard tissues surrounding the teeth. Periodontal disease can sometimes be irreversible and you may need an immediate tooth extraction in order to cure the infection. Chronic periodontal disease is the number one reason for tooth loss for people 35 years of age and older.
These are 5 common reasons why dentists recommend the extraction of your teeth. However, there are several ways of preventing tooth extraction including regular brushing and flossing. Visiting the dentist at least twice a year can also help prevent tooth extraction.