When is a Tooth Extraction Necessary?

Sometimes a tooth might be too damaged to be repaired and needs to be extracted. Tooth extractions are a routine procedure that involves removing teeth from the mouth. This procedure is designed to prevent infection, not cause it. Extractions are done for a number of reasons, including:

Severe Tooth Decay

Tooth decay that reaches the pulp of a tooth can be extremely painful. If the decay is not treated, it can lead to infection and tooth loss. The infected tooth must be extracted to prevent the spread of the infection.

Severe Gum Disease

The gums play an essential role in protecting our teeth from damage. They surround the teeth, covering the roots and acting as a barrier. When bacteria collect in the mouth, they can cause infection in the gums.

If untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, which attacks the soft tissue and destroys the bone and gums. If a patient has periodontitis, tooth extraction may be necessary.

Impacted Teeth

Sometimes, a tooth does not have enough room to grow into its normal alignment. This can occur when the jaw is smaller, or the patient’s tooth is larger. When this occurs, the tooth will get stuck and not be able to erupt through the gums. This can cause severe discomfort and require dental intervention.

If the tooth is only slightly impacted, it may be possible to re-position the tooth with braces. However, if the tooth is severely impacted, an extraction may be the best option. After the extraction, the patient will need to consider their options for replacing the tooth. This may include a dental bridge or dental implant.

Orthodontic Treatment Needs

Orthodontic treatment needs are much more extensive than most people realize. While many people believe that orthodontic treatment is just about straightening teeth, this is only a small part of the overall process. Teeth need to be correctly aligned for a patient’s bite to be corrected; otherwise, the teeth could shift back into incorrect positions.

This could cause serious bite problems. Bite problems affect not only the appearance of the smile but also the function of the teeth and the health of the jaw. Patients are often able to avoid these complications thanks to orthodontic treatment.

Alignment Issues

In these cases, your dentist will recommend an extraction. The gap in your smile will lead to crooked teeth, as well as an increased risk of gum disease. Extractions also prevent your remaining teeth from shifting out of place.

Tooth Abscesses

An abscessed tooth is a tooth that has a bacterial infection in its dental pulp. The infection causes pain and/or inflammation.

The abscessed tooth can be treated with a root canal procedure or extraction of the tooth.

If left untreated, an abscessed tooth can eventually lead to swelling in your face and neck, as well as fever and chills, fatigue, and a general feeling of unwellness.

Atlantic Dental, located in Denver, CO, is equipped with the latest amenities and modern technologies that enable the best dental care facilities for patients. Call us at (720) 738-8888 and schedule an appointment with the dentist. 


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