Tooth Extraction Should be a Last Option
The loss of just one tooth can have an impact on your entire mouth over the years of your life. Not only will your smile be visibly affected, but your overall oral health can be impacted as well.
Avoiding Tooth Extraction
Avoiding tooth extraction is something that can be done with consistent oral hygiene and faithful semi-annual checkups and cleanings. These simple precautions can pay great dividends in keeping your natural teeth in your mouth.
When Extraction Can’t be Avoided
Sometimes your dentist is unable to save a natural tooth. When the situation gets to that point, he will recommend an extraction. These situations include:
- Continuing tooth decay
- Continuing infection or abscess
- Continuing gum disease
- Teeth that are impacted into the gums
- Fractured teeth
What if You Must Have an Extraction?
While your dentist is trained to do everything possible to save your natural teeth, sometimes he will have no choice but to recommend an extraction. In that case, he will need to perform x-rays to gather as much information as he can before performing the extraction. In the most difficult situations, your dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon.
What Does an Extraction Involve?
An extraction involves removing a decayed or damaged tooth from its socket. There is always the possibility of some pain or discomfort during this procedure. A skilled dentist that is trained to use the proper techniques will be able to greatly reduce any pain and discomfort.