Tooth extractions are an intimidating procedure but it’s a necessary part of maintaining dental health. Vibrant Square Dental will describe common reasons why dentists recommend a tooth extraction.
Reasons Why You May Need A Tooth Extractions
More than 74% of adults have had a tooth extracted at some point in their lives. There are many different dental scenarios that may require you to have one or more teeth removed. Some of the most common reasons are:
Tooth impaction occurs when growth from one tooth presses directly on top of another tooth causing your teeth to grow inward toward the rest of the teeth. In these cases, teeth are prone to infection, causing gums to be red, swollen, sore, or bleed. It is best to remove the wisdom teeth as soon as possible to avoid further damage to other teeth.
The buildup of tartar and plaque can lead to tooth decay. These deposits eat away at the enamel, making it weak. If the condition worsens, an infection can develop, causing severe pain, swelling, and redness. Once a tooth reaches this point, it may need to be completely extracted and replaced with a bridge to avoid further health problems.
Similar to tooth decay, periodontal or gum disease is often caused by plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth. People can develop many different diseases in the gums and bones that surround the teeth, but the two most common are gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums around the teeth, while periodontitis is inflammation of the bone and tissue around the teeth. If the bone or gums surrounding the tooth has deteriorated significantly, the tooth may need to be extracted to protect the surrounding teeth with a bridge or crown.
Teeth are often the first to be injured in accidents. Sometimes, accidents cause teeth to be damaged so severely that they cannot be saved. If this is the case, tooth extraction is a necessary part of the recovery process. Otherwise, the damaged tooth could become seriously infected and eventually require surgery like a root canal, which can be just as painful.
Crowding occurs when teeth compete for space in the mouth and grow improperly, causing the teeth to become twisted and misaligned. Removing problem teeth at the back of the mouth creates room for the remaining teeth to expand as needed, maintaining your smile without the need for braces.
What Should You Expect During A Tooth Extraction?
There are two different ways to remove teeth. Dentists may perform a simple extraction or a surgical extraction. Simple extractions are done when the tooth is visible and easily accessible above the gum line. However, if the tooth is impacted, lodged in the jawbone, or inaccessible due to its severity, surgical extraction is required. In these cases, oral surgery is used to remove excess gum tissue and bone, limiting access to affected or diseased teeth.
After the surgery is complete, sutures are usually required to close the area for proper healing. Once the tooth has been fully extracted, Dr. Maryna Kharkavets will prepare a restorative treatment plan to replace your missing tooth. During recovery, additional care and follow-up appointments are used to focus on the well-being of our patients and ensure the area is healing properly.
When it comes to your oral health, acting promptly is crucial. Having a tooth extracted can help you avoid infection, toothache, and a variety of oral and systemic health problems. If the thought of dental surgery scares you, discuss your concerns with your dentist and ask about sedatives. At Vibrant Square Dental we want to make sure we make the procedure as comfortable as possible for you. We have 30 experience serving Vaughn and surrounding communities with not only dental extractions but also smile replacements such as implants, veneers, bridges, and crowns. Call 905-553-3004 today to book a consultation with our dentists.