When is a Tooth Extraction Necessary?
So, you’ve damaged or broken your tooth. Does this mean you’re going to have to lose it? Well, not exactly. You may need to have your tooth extracted if the tooth is damaged beyond the repair of a crown or bridge. And although your permanent teeth are meant to be just that – permanent – sometimes a tooth extraction is the best option. Here are 5 instances where you may need to have your tooth removed.
You’ve damaged your teeth beyond repair.
Whether the damage is from an accident or tooth decay, sometimes your tooth is just not salvageable. In this case, depending on the severity, you may need to visit an emergency dentist. Your dentist will likely try to repair the tooth with dental bonds, dental crowns, bridges, or dental veneers first. Extracting a tooth can be problematic in the long-run. But if the damage is urgent, you may need a tooth extraction.
You have an infection.
If your toothache has turned into a tooth infection it may be time to see the dentist. If left untreated, your tooth may be beyond the repair of a root canal. In which case, you will need to have the infected tooth extracted.
Your tooth is impacted.
A tooth is considered to be impacted when it is being blocked from coming out. The most common type of impacted teeth is wisdom teeth. If you do have an impacted tooth, your dentist may be able to extract it in house. But in more severe cases, you may be sent to an outpatient setting for a surgical tooth extraction.
Your mouth is too crowded.
You may need one or more teeth extracted to eliminate overcrowding in your mouth. This is generally needed for orthodontic treatment to allow room for your teeth to realign. Your dentist or orthodontist will only resort to tooth extraction if they need more space to move around your teeth.
You have periodontal disease (gum disease).
In short, periodontal disease is the infection of your gums. Gum disease begins as gingivitis but if it is not treated in time, the infection can spread to your jaw bone. This disease is completely preventable and treatable. But if you don’t make it to the dentist on time or practice good dental hygiene, the disease may cause your tooth to loosen. If this happens, the loosened tooth may need to be extracted.
Tooth Extraction Care
After a tooth extraction, you may be sore for a couple of days. This is completely normal and nothing to be concerned about! If you find the pain to be unmanageable, try taking ibuprofen or apply ice to the swollen area. Avoid solid foods for the days following the extraction.