There’s a good reason we call your adult teeth “permanent teeth.” They are designed to last for your whole adult life. But sometimes life gets in the way. Normally, there are dental treatments that can protect, repair, and even save a damaged tooth. Composite tooth fillings can repair damage caused by tooth decay, as can dental crowns and inlays or onlays. Even if a tooth is infected, a root canal can remove the infection and keep the tooth healthy. But if the damage is too severe, or if the problem has been ignored for too long, removing the tooth might be the best choice.
Why Your Tooth Might Need To Come Out
Damage to a tooth is often reversible or repairable, but sometimes neither is possible. 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:
- Infection: If the pulp inside a tooth is too severely infected, a root canal won’t be able to get rid of all the infection. In order to stop it from spreading to other teeth or the rest of your body, the tooth would need to be removed.
- High chance of future infection: 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. It’s better to take care of the problem before it causes bigger problems.
- Overcrowding: If your adult teeth either come in wrong or shift over time, removing one tooth might make enough room for the others to get back to where they belong. This can also make future orthodontic work easier or even possible.
- Wisdom teeth: When your third molars finally come in, they could put the rest of your teeth in jeopardy. Removing wisdom teeth before they cause problems can often make sense.
- Periodontal disease: If gum disease goes untreated for too long, your teeth might be ready to fall out from the deteriorating gum and bone. Removing them now can save a lot of time and pain later on, as well as prepare for future dental implants while there’s still enough bone left.
How A Tooth Is Extracted
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.
What Kind Of Care Is Needed After An Extraction
Your mouth will need a little time to heal after a tooth is removed. There will likely be a little discomfort while it heals. You may also be prescribed pain medication or antibiotics depending on your particular situation. Of course, the space left behind by the extracted tooth can be addressed as well. A dental bridge can secure an artificial tooth in the space, but since the jawbone underneath the spot can start to deteriorate without a tooth being there, many patients choose a dental implant instead.
Toothaches may come and go sometimes, but they rarely disappear without dental treatment. Extracting one of your teeth is a straightforward procedure that can save you from a very painful experience. To schedule your next appointment, or if you have any questions about our oral surgery procedures, call us today at 786-681-1127 or use our convenient online form.
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