Tooth extractions are sometimes necessary if a tooth is damaged or decayed and cannot be restored. Extractions can also be performed to prepare the mouth for various reasons, such as:
A broken tooth is a common reason for needing an extraction. When the biting surface of a tooth breaks, the tooth is no longer able to support itself and can shift or move into a dangerous position which can lead to infection and other problems. During your consultation, your dentist can speak to you about all of your options and let you know if extraction is necessary.
Severe Tooth Decay
If tooth decay is left untreated and spreads, it can result in severe pain and increased sensitivity. This typically occurs in the molars because it can be difficult to reach these areas with a toothbrush or floss. Wisdom teeth can also cause issues by growing into an improperly aligned jaw space. To avoid these issues, your dentist may suggest pulling one or more of your teeth if it is decaying beyond repair. This is best accomplished with wisdom teeth extractions to prevent overcrowding and misalignment of other teeth.
If you experience severe toothaches and pain that doesn’t seem to subside after a few days, contact your dentist to see if a tooth needs to be extracted. This can be necessary to keep the rest of your teeth and gums healthy.
Serious Gum Disease
Periodontitis is an inflammatory condition affecting the gum tissues. The symptoms of periodontitis include swollen gums, gum recession, and gum disease. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to tooth loss. This is why our dentists may suggest tooth extractions for serious cases of gum disease.
If your wisdom teeth are impacted, they may need to be removed before they cause further problems. An impacted tooth is one that doesn’t have enough space for emerging through the gums properly. This can be caused by a tooth being too big or by a lack of space in your jaw. Wisdom teeth that are partially erupted are often painful and can cause infection in the gums. They may also push your other teeth out of place or make it difficult to bite and chew your food comfortably.
Impacted wisdom teeth can also damage your nearby healthy teeth as they try to emerge. For example, they may rub against neighboring teeth, causing damage or loosening them. If you have impacted wisdom teeth, it’s best to have them removed to prevent these problems from occurring in the future.
The tooth will be pulled by your dentist using local anesthesia to prevent any discomfort during the procedure. Afterward, you will be given instructions on how to heal properly and prevent complications from arising. You’ll need to avoid certain foods, including crunchy snacks, for a few days following the surgery. It’s also recommended that you avoid smoking and drinking alcohol, as these habits can lead to increased bleeding and other potential complications.
Once your mouth heals from the tooth extraction, you will need to replace it with an implant, bridge, or partial denture to restore your full smile. Your dentist will discuss your options with you and help you choose one that fits your budget and lifestyle.
Schedule an appointment with Foxfield Dental to learn more about good oral health. Visit us at 16350 E Arapahoe Rd Unit #114, Foxfield, CO 80016. Contact us at (720) 870-0401 or visit our website to book an appointment.