Tooth Extraction – the Last Option
Many people have anxiety about visiting the dentist office, either because they are afraid of a painful procedure or even because they think they will have a tooth (or teeth) extracted. The truth is that the dentist’s job is to do everything they can to save the natural teeth and restore their health and function; tooth extraction is the last option they will consider to relieve pain, prevent further infection, and save the rest of the teeth.
Reasons for a Tooth Extraction
There are some situations that will necessitate a tooth extraction in order to prevent decay from spreading to other areas of the mouth and to relieve pain.
- Damage: A tooth that has a chip or crack can not only be uncomfortable or even painful but can leave the surrounding teeth and gums susceptible to infection.
- Overcrowding: If there is not enough room for a tooth to erupt properly, it can come in at the wrong angle and affect the position of other teeth as well. In these cases, it’s necessary to remove that tooth to ensure the health and function of the rest of the teeth.
- Infection: When a tooth becomes affected by decay, a filling is needed to restore the tooth to health. Deeper decay may call for a root canal. Both procedures are attempts to save the natural tooth, but if the damage is so extensive that a root canal will not be effective, the only option left to preserve the health of the remaining teeth is a tooth extraction.
Signs a Tooth Extraction is Needed:
- Severely fractured tooth
- Inflamed, bleeding gum tissue
- Pain in the jaw while chewing
If you notice any of these signs or are otherwise concerned that any of your teeth are not in the best health, contact our office as soon as possible. Your dentist will be able to examine it and determine the best treatment for you.