It’s true—permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, and preventative dentistry aims to help preserve them. Yet, there are several reasons why tooth extraction is necessary. A few of those reasons are discussed below.
When tooth decay is severe enough to threaten the pulp of a tooth, for instance, bacteria team up to generate an infection. While dentists have long relied upon root canal treatment to eliminate infection and save infected teeth, there are instances in which the infection is severe and unresponsive to antibiotics. Thus, tooth extraction is the only means to stop it from spreading to other teeth as well as the jawbone. Similarly, when an individual has advanced periodontal (gum) disease that has resulted in loosening of a tooth, removing it and treating the infection is best to preserve the surrounding teeth and gum tissues.
Tooth extraction may also be necessary when teeth are severely crowded. For example, suppose an individual needs orthodontic treatment to correct a misalignment. In order to move forward with treatment, an orthodontist may suggest removing one or more teeth, particularly if there is no room for the teeth in the patient’s mouth.
In other cases, individuals are at an increased risk of developing an oral infection, necessitating a tooth extraction. For a patient undergoing chemotherapy, for example, it may be a safer option to remove a tooth than to risk it becoming infected.
WebMD emphasizes the importance of letting your dentist or oral surgeon know if you have any of the following:
- Damaged or man-made heart valves
- Congenital heart defect
- Impaired immune system
- Cirrhosis of the liver
- Artificial joint
- History of bacterial endocarditis
Dr. C Performs A Gentle Tooth Extraction
Though never the first course of treatment for infected or damaged teeth, Dr. Cochran at Dr. C Family Dentistry performs a gentle tooth extraction procedure to remove a dead or dying tooth. Dr. C maintains a reputation for precision and skill, and always places patient comfort as top priority.
If you’ve been told that you need tooth extraction, or if you suspect that you have a dead or non-vital tooth, call Dr. C Family Dentistry in Spokane today.
Posted on behalf of Dr. C Family Dentistry