When is a Tooth Extraction Necessary?
There are times when it is necessary to have teeth pulled.
Sometimes a baby tooth is misshapen or has long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, and a tooth extraction is needed to make way for the permanent tooth to erupt.
At other times, a tooth may have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth and jaw at risk of decay, so it may be recommended that the tooth pulled and replaced with a bridge or tooth implant.
Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require a tooth extraction.
Some Common Reasons to Get a Tooth Pulled
- A Crowded Mouth | If your mouth is getting crowded, often your dentist or orthodontist will have a tooth pulled to make room to create a beautiful smile.
- Infection | Most of the time, a tooth infection can be treated with a root canal. However, it may be necessary to have the tooth pulled if the infection is extensive, especially if you have a compromised immune system.
- Periodontal (Gum) Disease | If periodontal disease — an infection of the tissues and bones that surround and support the teeth — have caused loosening of the teeth, it may be necessary to have a tooth pulled.
- Injury | A tooth that is severely damaged and cannot be repaired may need to be pulled.
Having a Tooth Pulled
When it is determined that a patient needs a tooth pulled, many times it can be done during a regular family dentistry checkup. In other instances, a separate appointment may be necessary for a tooth extraction. As is the case with all dental treatment in our office, you have your choice of various dental sedation options for your comfort.
After a tooth extraction, neighboring teeth may shift causing problems with chewing or with your jaw joint function. To avoid these complications, we can recommend options to replace the extracted tooth: a dental bridge, a dental implant, or some other solution.
Trust The Lewisville Dentist for Tooth Extractions!
We will only recommend a tooth extraction if it will benefit your oral health, and we will make the procedure as comfortable as possible! Call today if you need some dental care from an experienced dentist!