The last thing you’d want is to need to get a tooth pulled, especially if you aren’t experiencing any discomfort from it. However, since these procedures are typically done as a last resort, your dentist may have detected an underlying issue that could only be resolved with an extraction. By removing the problem and preventing it from spreading, you can increase your chances of preserving your oral health in the long run. Read on to learn the four most common reasons you might require tooth extraction!
#1: Decay & Infections
Overindulging in sugary and starchy meals without implementing a solid oral hygiene routine can put you at significant risk of developing cavities. If this is left untreated, it can lead to an infection within your tooth. While this often causes intense discomfort, it doesn’t always occur. This could be an indication that the dangerous bacteria has damaged the nerves in your tooth beyond repair, keeping you from sensing any pain altogether. Even if you feel fine, the infection can end up spreading to other parts of your smile or body, including your lungs and heart. To avoid more serious complications, tooth extraction may be the most viable option.
Some patients are genetically predisposed to overcrowded pearly whites. This can sometimes be due to having a smaller jaw, making them unable to hold a full set of teeth comfortably. The more impacted their smile becomes, the more uneven their bite is. This will affect the appearance of their teeth along with their ability to easily maintain good oral hygiene. If orthodontic treatments aren’t able to address the issue, then tooth extraction may be necessary to create room for their aligners or braces.
#3: Gum & Bone Loss
The first stage of periodontal disease, or gingivitis, can usually be treated easily and is due to poor oral hygiene. When left unchecked for too long, it can advance into periodontitis, resulting in severe inflammation in the gums. Although this condition isn’t always accompanied by discomfort, it can be destructive to your bone and gum tissue, resulting in weaker teeth. On top of treating the infection, your dentist might also have to remove any affected pearly whites.
#4: Preventive Extractions
Sometimes teeth can pose risks to your oral health in the future, such as impacted wisdom teeth. If they come in crookedly or sideways, they can end up placing too much pressure on the rest of your smile. This condition can develop into certain issues like infections, dental abscesses, and other oral health problems. To prevent further harm or complications, your dentist may simply take your wisdom teeth out.
Even if you feel no pain or discomfort, tooth extraction can sometimes be the best option. By doing this quickly, you can effectively avoid damage to your mouth later on while preserving a healthier smile!
About the Author
Dr. Raj Vekariya earned his dental doctorate from the New York University’s College of Dentistry. He’s also a proud member of the American Dental Association and the Pennsylvania Dental Association. He offers a wide range of high-quality services, including tooth extractions, periodontal therapy, and root canals. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, visit his website or call 724-300-3700.