Why Tooth Extraction is a Last Option

Losing just one tooth can impact your mouth long-term. Your smile will be affected as well as your overall oral health from only one missing tooth.

How to Avoid Tooth Extraction

Being consistent with your oral hygiene is very important when trying to avoid tooth extraction. It is also wise to visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleaning. These precautions will pay off.

When Is Extraction Necessary?

Even when you have done everything possible to avoid tooth extraction, sometimes it is necessary. Some of those reasons are:

  • Progressive tooth decay
  • Progressive infection or abscess
  • Progressive gum disease
  • A tooth or teeth that have been impacted into the gums
  • A fractured tooth

What if an Extraction is Necessary?

Your dentist will do everything they can to keep your natural teeth preserved. But sometimes an extraction is the only choice left. If that happens x-rays will be performed to get as much information as possible before any extractions are done. In some cases, you may need to visit an oral surgeon for the extraction.

What Does an Extraction Involve?

Extracting a tooth requires removing the damaged or decayed tooth from the socket in your jawbone. Discomfort and pain are a strong possibility during and after this process. A skilled dentist that uses the proper techniques can greatly reduce that pain, discomfort and any anxiety felt. Extracting a tooth requires sufficient force applied to sever ligaments that hold the tooth in place. Sometimes that tooth socket is widened in the process. The amount of decay, position of tooth, the tooth’s strength and the ligament’s strength will all determine the complexity and discomfort of the extraction.