Dentists will do their best to avoid an extraction but, in some cases, extractions are a necessity to ensure oral health and to maintain a beautiful smile. Here are some reasons why dentists may suggest an extraction:
Irreparable tooth damage – If a patient’s tooth decay has reached the center of their tooth, the bacteria produced by the decay can cause an infection. In some cases where the decay is less severe, your dentist may suggest a root canal procedure and further monitor your situation.
Periodontal disease – Periodontal disease is an infection that affects the gums, periodontal ligaments, alveolar bone, and surrounding teeth. Usually, periodontal disease starts with gingivitis, which is an infection of the gums. Often periodontal disease is a result of plaque, which is a hard substance that forms around teeth. This disease can cause teeth to loosen resulting in additional extractions.
Impacted tooth – When a tooth is blocked and cannot erupt it may cause damage to surrounding teeth while trying to emerge. Extracting such teeth can reduce infection and overcrowding.
To eliminate overcrowding – Extractions can help to make space for other teeth, by eliminating overcrowding. Often dentists will extract teeth before a patient is fitted with braces to help teeth move and realign.
After an accident – Accidents to the jaw and teeth, such as a car crash can move and loosen teeth. Although a dentist will try their best to save a tooth if the tooth is loose and beyond repair, it will have to be extracted.
The Elite Dental Group is recognized for its patient-focused approach to dental care which offers patients the best options in terms of health, affordability, and aesthetic value. They encourage consultations for procedures such as wisdom tooth extraction and offer solutions such as dental implants and cosmetic dentistry procedures that will help patients maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.