Dental extractions. For most patients, these are two of the scariest words in a dentist’s vocabulary. (Perhaps second only to “root canal.”)
The truth is dental extractions are a routine procedure, and not at all painful. But they are the option of last resort. Whenever possible, it’s best to try and preserve your natural tooth through restorative work. At Alabama Family Dental, we offer a full range of restorative treatments such as dental fillings, root canals, and dental crowns.
But there are times when a tooth simply must be extracted to preserve the overall health of your mouth. If you’re currently suffering from dental pain, you may be wondering if you need to have a tooth extracted. (We recommend immediately scheduling an appointment at our office so we can determine and treat the source of your pain.)
So in today’s post of our dental health blog, we’re going to look at five reasons why you may need to have a tooth extracted. We’ll also look at what you can expect when you come into our office for a dental extraction. Let’s get started!
Reason #1: Your Tooth is Severely Damaged or Decayed
A tooth can become damaged or decayed for various reasons. Your tooth can be damaged during an accident, and fracture into pieces. You could be suffering from severe tooth decay due to poor oral hygiene or your genetic background. We will always determine if the tooth can be restored with a dental filling, dental crown, or root canal.
But if your tooth is too badly damaged or decayed, we will need to remove it. This extraction is performed to prevent decay and/or infection from spreading to your surrounding teeth. After we’ve removed the tooth, we can fill the gap in your smile with a dental implant or dental bridge.
Reason #2: You’re Suffering From Advanced Gum Disease
The latter-stages of gum disease cause your gums to recede from your teeth. As this happens, pockets may also form between your teeth and gums. This can cause your tooth (or teeth) to severely loosen. If there’s no hope of reattaching the gum to your tooth, we will need to extract it. After we’ve removed the tooth, we can fill the gap in your smile with a dental implant or dental bridge.
Reason #3: You Have an Impacted Wisdom Tooth
Many adults have to have their wisdom teeth removed. Your wisdom tooth can be impacted in your gums, and unable to emerge. Or it may only emerge partially because there’s no space for it to grow in. Impacted and partially impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, infections, and damage to your other teeth. In these cases, you will need to have them removed.
Reason #4: You Need To Undergo Orthodontic Treatment
If you have to undergo orthodontic treatment such as braces, you may have crowded teeth. In some instances we may need to extract a tooth to give space for the braces or orthodontic appliances to function properly.
Reason #5: To Make Room for Dentures
If you are getting a set of complete dentures made for the upper or lower arches of your teeth, we will need to extract any teeth which would get in the way of the dentures. Be sure and ask about our options for cosmetic dentures!
What to Expect At Our Office
We perform dental extractions with both local anesthesia and sedation (if requested). The process is quick and routine. After your mouth is numb, and you’re completely comfortable, we’ll loosen the tooth. After the tooth is loosened, we’ll painlessly extract it.
After your dental extraction, your dentist will give you detailed instructions for after care. Certain things like smoking after a wisdom teeth extraction, or using a straw, will need to be avoided. Your mouth should be healed and good to go in just a few days.
Make An Appointment
Are you suffering from dental pain? Do you fear that one of your teeth needs to be extracted? Learn your options for dental extractions and restorative dental work at Alabama Family Dental in Mobile, AL. If possible, we will restore your tooth to health. If needed, we can painlessly extract it and replace it. Call us today at 251-241-0890 to schedule your appointment.