While your Treasure Coast dentist will take extra precautions to preserve your healthy natural teeth, there are times when a tooth extraction is necessary. Even though pulling a tooth isn’t easy, there are some circumstances where doing nothing about a damaged tooth could result in more significant oral health issues.
A dental procedure called a tooth extraction involves removing a tooth from its socket or alveolus. Although conventional dentists and periodontists can often carry out this surgery, oral surgeons specialize in more complex cases.
The accumulation of plaque and tartar on the surface of teeth causes tooth decay. Plaque and tartar buildup may result in an infection if the disease is severe enough to compromise the tooth enamel. To stop bone loss and other oral health problems, your oral surgeon may need to extract the painful tooth and replace it with a dental implant or another dental restoration.
The erupting wisdom teeth will hurt in the back of your jaw if there isn’t enough room in your mouth for it to do so since it will press against the adjacent molar. In addition, your other teeth will shift out of place as the impacted wisdom tooth competes for space. Crooked teeth are more likely to get cavities, dental decay, and infections because they are more difficult to keep clean.
Plaque and tartar will accumulate on teeth without routine brushing, flossing, and professional dental cleanings, causing gum irritation and disease. It’s important to note that patients may experience different gum issues that seriously influence the bone that supports the teeth. Once the bone has lost too much density, the oral surgeon may advise tooth extraction in favor of a bridge or dental implant to protect the remaining teeth.
At Smooth Sailing Dental, our team can help you prepare for your tooth extraction procedure. Contact us to learn more about the services we offer!