Whenever possible, saving a natural tooth is the best option, as long as it doesn’t compromise your oral health. But sometimes tooth extraction is necessary.
When Is Tooth Extraction Necessary?
Severe tooth decay can often be resolved with root canal treatment and a dental crown. But if root canal treatment was repeatedly unsuccessful, the tooth is badly fractured, or preserving the tooth would be harmful to other teeth, extraction might be necessary.
Untreated Periodontal Disease
Untreated periodontal (gum) disease will progress and result in inflamed gums and loose teeth. If the condition continues untreated, the tissues and bone that support teeth will be destroyed, resulting in tooth loss and extraction.
Trauma to a tooth can damage it so severely that it can’t be saved. When trauma splits a tooth, damages most of its structure, or severely affects the roots, the tooth will likely be lost. If you have experienced dental trauma, call our office right away. Depending on the extent of the damage, prompt attention might help save the tooth.
Impacted teeth don’t erupt properly. Depending on the position and intended function of a tooth, it may be possible to expose it and guide it into the correct position with orthodontic treatment. Otherwise, as is common with wisdom teeth, extraction is often needed to relieve pain and protect surrounding teeth from damage or shifting.
What to Expect
After an examination and x-rays of your tooth, our team will explain your treatment options. He or she will also explain what you can expect before, during, and after treatment. Regardless of the treatment you receive, they ensure you have a pleasant, painless experience. Read our sedation dentistry page to learn about the options available to help you relax throughout the procedure.
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