Tooth Extractions/ Wisdom Tooth Extractions
Brushing and flossing every day is a great way to prevent dental decay and to help us maintain our smile. However, despite our best efforts, decay, damage, and even periodontal disease still occur. No one likes the idea of getting a dental extraction, but sometimes an extraction can be the best course of action to preserve your overall dental health.
Is a Tooth Extraction Really Necessary?
There are different reasons why someone might be seeking tooth extraction. These reasons include the following:
- Severe tooth decay. When you have severe tooth decay, a filling might not be a treatment option, and you might be advised to get a tooth extraction.
- Advanced Periodontal Disease: When gum disease becomes severe, your teeth might start to get loose due to soft tissue pulling away from your teeth. This disease can compromise the ability of the jaw bone to support the tooth root, thus the expert recommendation for a tooth extraction.
- Fractured Tooth: If you have a tooth that is fractured below the gum line, a tooth extraction will be your best option.
- Overcrowding: Overcrowding teeth is an issue that affects many people. If your teeth are shifting due to overcrowding, tooth extraction can help you achieve a more aesthetically pleasing smile.
- Infant Teeth: The failure of infant teeth to fall out can cause problems for growing teenagers and adults. If you have an infant tooth that has yet to fall out, schedule an appointment with our experienced dentist to discuss your options.
However, by far the most common cause of dental extractions is impacted wisdom teeth. These are the teeth at the far back of your mouth that erupts in your late teens or early twenties. Often by this time in your life, there is no space left in your mount to accommodate them and they can become stuck at an unfortunate angle. If this happens, your wisdom teeth will need to be removed.
Benefits of a Tooth Extraction:
There are many benefits to tooth extraction. These include:
- Relieving Your Pain: A Toothache is often recognized as one of the worst types of pain one can experience, and it can range from a consistent dull throbbing pain to acute discomfort. If it is your affected tooth causing you pain, removing the source (the tooth) will relieve your tooth pain.
- Prevent Spread of Decay: If you have been advised to have an extraction because you have extensive tooth decay, removing the affected tooth can prevent your teeth from spreading into neighboring teeth, and potentially compromising the health of those around it.
- Dealing With Wisdom Tooth Problems: If your wisdom tooth is impacted, you will need to remove the tooth. An extraction will help alleviate some of the symptoms you are probably experiencing, which can include pain, swelling, and infection.
- Prevent Overcrowding: Overcrowded teeth occur when your jaw is too small to sustain the number of teeth you have. This can cause overlapping and other misalignment problems that make teeth harder to clean properly.
If you have been suffering from dental problems, you have likely found the function of your mouth has been adversely affected. However, removing a tooth might leave you with a temporary gap. This can be restored with Dental Implants by Dr. Holloman in Clearwater, FL.
If you have been recommended for extraction, take the opportunity to talk to our dentist about what will happen, and what your options are regarding replacing your missing teeth once your gum has healed.