Are you experiencing dental concerns that may require a tooth to be pulled? Speak with a dentist today about your condition and to determine what course of action should be taken for treatment.
During a tooth extraction, we surgically remove a tooth. Your dentist will try to always take a preventive, non-invasive approach to treatment, and therefore only perform tooth extractions in cases where a damaged tooth threatens the health of the other teeth in your mouth.
This procedure is commonly referred to as getting a tooth pulled and may be considered a dental emergency.
Why are tooth extractions needed?
Our dentists prefer to avoid tooth extractions as missing teeth can cause other dental health issues that are costly and time-consuming to fix. However, in some situations the procedure is necessary. Here are a few cases:
The tooth is severely infected or decayed
For a tooth with a small cavity, we can use a filling to restore its function and appearance if the decay is caught early enough.
However, if decay has advanced and caused severe infection, it may be difficult or impossible to restore to its original condition with a root canal and/or crown, leaving extraction as the only alternative treatment method.
The tooth has irreversible damage
A sudden injury to the mouth - such as while playing sports or during a fall – can result in a broken, chipped or knocked-out tooth. Not only is this painful, but it is also more vulnerable to infection and decay.
Additionally, a fractured tooth with jagged edges can cause harm to your mouth’s inner tissues, including your lips, tongue and cheeks. Your dentist may need to pull it and replace the tooth with a dental implant or other treatment.
There is not enough room
Some teeth may erupt at different times, resulting in disproportionate growth. It’s also possible that a tooth has shifted into the wrong position or become misaligned.
Whatever the reason, crowded teeth can become painful and be more susceptible to decay as it’s difficult to keep them clean. Your jaw may start to feel sore. Your dentist may recommend having the tooth pulled.
Damage from advanced gum disease
Advanced gum disease (periodontal disease) can lead to loose teeth and tooth loss. Though your dentist will do everything in their power to help you avoid losing teeth to decay or disease, when teeth become loose the only treatment option may be extraction.
What can I do if my tooth needs to be pulled?
If your dentist does have to perform a tooth extraction, you have a few tooth replacement options after the procedure is complete. Depending on your specific case, your dentist may recommend a dental crown, dental bridge, dentures or dental implants.
Your dentist will take the time to explain procedures and treatment options in detail and why they are being recommended. Don’t hesitate to ask your dentist for advice concerning symptoms or potential treatments.
Are you suffering from a severely damaged or decaying tooth that will most likely need to be pulled?
Your dentist will be able to recommend all possible treatments for your dental emergency such as extractions if necessary.