Everybody wants to have a healthy and complete set of teeth throughout their lives. However, without proper care, you may have to see a St. Lucie County dentist to undergo some dental procedures. If a tooth is beyond saving, you may even have to have it extracted.
A tooth extraction is the last thing your dentist wants to do. Unfortunately, several scenarios would warrant this procedure, and here are some of them:
Tooth pain doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to undergo a tooth extraction process. However, your dentist may have to remove the affected tooth when a crack in the crown extends to the roots, when antibiotics or root canal therapy aren’t effective, or when the tooth is badly damaged by decay.
If your mouth doesn’t have enough room to accommodate all of your teeth, your pearly whites will end up looking crooked and displaced. Crowded teeth increase your risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease, tooth pain, and difficulty chewing. To create more space in your mouth, tooth removal may be necessary.
Gum disease can be a result of poor oral hygiene. If left untreated, bacteria can easily destroy your other teeth and the bones that support them. When the infection becomes serious, your dentist may have to remove your tooth to stop the spread of infection and protect the rest of your teeth.
Your wisdom tooth may have to be extracted if it grows crookedly after erupting or if they crowd the rest of your teeth. However, if it doesn’t properly erupt and remains impacted in your jawbone, an extraction procedure has to be performed.
An injury or accident can potentially break a tooth. In most cases, this problem can be addressed by placing a dental crown over it. However, when trauma has caused the tooth to be broken off below your gum line, its remaining parts may have to be surgically removed.
At Smooth Sailing Dental, we’ll go above and beyond to save your natural tooth. However, if you feel like you might need an extraction, contact us today to schedule an appointment.