Nobody likes tooth extractions, least of all our experienced team, but we’re here if you need us, even in an emergency.
We’ll do everything we can to help you protect and keep your teeth – your natural teeth function better than dentures, bridges and even dental implants. Sometimes though, dental extractions are unavoidable. Other times, an emergency tooth extraction is required. Whatever the cause and situation, here’s what you need to know.
When are tooth extractions required, and why?
Before we resort to a tooth extraction, our dentists may suggest root canal treatment, which we can usually perform right here at our dental practice. However, the damage may be too severe to save the tooth – damage that can occur for a number of reasons, including:
- periodontal disease (gum infection)
- damage caused by a trauma (an emergency appointment and extraction may be required).
Poor dental hygiene and the resulting build up of plaque can lead to periodontal disease, which, left untreated, can cause damage to the underlying bone and tissue surrounding the tooth’s root. This damage can cause the root to become loose, at which point saving the tooth may not be possible.
Dental extractions may be recommended to:
- Prevent complications. Such as infections or abscesses in teeth or roots, or the spread of infection into the bloodstream, which can occur if diseased teeth aren’t extracted promptly.
- Improve appearance. Sometimes, extracting a tooth may be recommended to improve appearance when undergoing orthodontic treatments.
- Remove teeth with no function. It may be better to extract a tooth if there is no opposing or partner tooth to grind against during chewing.
Can a dental extraction affect other teeth?
A tooth extraction can cause other teeth to move or tilt into the gap left by the extracted tooth, making chewing and biting more difficult. This increases the risk of decay and gum disease around the teeth that have moved, which is why we always try to avoid extractions.
What about wisdom tooth extractions?
Extracting wisdom teeth can be more complex than extracting other teeth, but our experienced team is used to dealing with wisdom teeth. Find out more about wisdom teeth and our expertise.
Worried that you might need root canal treatment or a tooth extraction? Contact us today and arrange a consultation.