As dentists, it is our job to help you to preserve your natural teeth for as long as possible. We can do this through you taking care of your teeth at home and by attending regular appointments with our professional team here at our offices. If any restorative work is needed, we can carry out the necessary repairs. However, there are some instances in which it simply isn’t possible to save a tooth and the best solution is actually to remove it. This process is known as an extraction and will only ever be performed where we feel it is absolutely necessary.
A dental extraction may be recommended for patients in the following circumstances.
The wisdom teeth have a reputation for being some of the most troublesome and with good reason. They are the very last to erupt, often not coming through until we are well into our teenage years or even later. By this point, the space where they would erupt – which is the very back corners of the gums in the upper and lower arches – is often taken up by molars. This means that it can be difficult or even impossible for the wisdom teeth to come through the gum properly. They may start to erupt and get stuck because there isn’t enough space, or they may not be able to even break the gum properly. Either way, if you experience issues with your wisdom teeth, it is highly likely you will be referred to have them extracted. Despite their name, we don’t need our wisdom teeth and it is normally always better to remove them if they cause problems such as pain and infection.
Tooth decay is one of the leading causes of dental extractions. They occur when failure to brush and floss teeth properly leads to excess bacteria on the teeth. These interact with sugars to produce acids that can eat away at the enamel and cause areas of decay. In addition to an unsightly black mark developing on your affected tooth, it can also cause severe dental pain. Although there are some restorations that can be used to treat mild to moderate decay, if there is a significant amount, removing the tooth altogether may be the only viable option.
Gum disease is another extremely common problem that can result in extractions. It occurs when the plaque that forms on the teeth as a result of poor brushing extends onto the gum tissue, causing inflammation, bleeding, and infection. In the earliest stages, gum disease can be reversed with their being no permanent effect on your teeth or your oral health. However, if it is left to progress, the gums can pull away from the teeth and the bone in the jaw around the root can be compromised, causing loose teeth. If the structures that support your teeth are affected, it may be that extraction is the best course of treatment.
If you are concerned that you may need a dental extraction, don’t hesitate to seek advice and reassurance from our expert dental team by calling our offices today.