When Tooth Removal Makes Sense
- August 20, 2016
Hello and Welcome to another August edition of the Aventura Dental Center blog!
We hope that you have plenty of reasons to smile these days. And you can trust that we’ll be here to help keep you on track all through life.
Today we want to talk about something that may seem counterintuitive: when the dentist decides it is in your best interest to remove your tooth.
While it is true that damage to a tooth is often reversible or repairable, sometimes that is just not the case. And even if a tooth is healthy, it might be putting the rest of your smile in jeopardy. While there are many reasons a tooth might need to be extracted, here are some of the more common ones:
People with compromised immune systems, such as those going through chemotherapy, might benefit from removing a tooth that has a high risk of getting infected.
In your late teens to early twenties, there is a good chance that your wisdom teeth will pop through. They might grow crooked, not erupt, or be completely impacted. When any of these things happen, it’s in your best interest to extract your wisdom teeth.
When your tooth is too damaged to be restored through a filling, root canal therapy, or endodontic treatment, we may need to extract it to save the rest of your smile.
When gum disease attacks your gums and underlying bone, some teeth may become too loose to be saved by conservative gum disease therapies.
Complete dentures span the entire arch, so tooth extraction may be necessary if you are getting all of your teeth replaced. It will make your replacement teeth fit better and feel more natural in your mouth.
Braces need room to be able to move your teeth into proper alignment. As such, tooth extraction may be the best starting point if your mouth is overcrowded.
How Extraction Works
Before making any decisions on removing a tooth, Dr. Bistritz will go over your digital X-rays and exam results to see if there are any other treatment options that could save the tooth.
If extraction really is the best choice, we will begin by cleaning the area and numbing it with a local anesthetic. Then we will use specialized tools to carefully loosen the tooth before finally removing it. Thanks to modern technology and the many years of experience of Dr. Bistritz, the extraction can be done with a minimal amount pain or discomfort.
It goes without saying that your mouth will need a little time to heal after a tooth is removed. You may also need to be prescribed pain medication or antibiotics depending on your particular situation.
Then, we can talk about restorative services such as a dental implant procedure.
Get Answers, Take Action!
We hope that today’s post has been helpful. Extracting one of your teeth is a straightforward procedure that can save you from a more painful experience later on. To schedule your next appointment call us today at 786-681-1127 or contact us online.
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