By Your Family Dentist, PC
August 21, 2014
Category: Oral Health
When you were a child you probably couldn’t wait for your baby teeth to become loose. Maybe you even helped Mother Nature along a bit, in hopes that you could put the tooth under your pill and the Tooth Fairy would bring you a reward. Unfortunately, as we get older, there’s no Tooth Fairy equivalent; however, sometimes getting a tooth extracted is all too necessary to maintaining a healthy mouth. Here are some ways to tell if you may need a dental extraction.
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a serious condition that affects the tissues and bones of the mouth. Over time, especially if left untreated, gum disease can cause teeth to become loose. If the tooth is loose enough, it might be healthier for your entire smile if we extract the troublesome tooth. Better safe than sorry!
Besides gum disease, there are a host of other infections that can befall your otherwise perfect smile. Tooth decay is a major culprit. If left untreated, tooth decay can spread all the way to the pulp of the tooth, which contains the nerves and blood vessels. While this can often be treated with root canal therapy, there are times that the infection is so severe that the only option is a tooth extraction. We don’t want the infection to spread further and cause more havoc. Plus, we want to eliminate any pain you might be experiencing.
If your orthodontist discovers that your teeth are a bit too big for your mouth, or if teeth are having problems breaking through the gums because there is no more room, we will strongly urge you to consider a tooth extraction. We don’t want overcrowding to take over your smile.
Risk of infection
While this is certainly a more rare circumstance, your local dentist has to be prepared for any and all dental cases. So, if you are immunocompromised (often due to chemotherapy or an organ transplant), even a risk of infection could be threatening enough that the pros of having a tooth extraction far outweigh the cons.
What should I expect with a tooth extraction?
Before the procedure, your family dentist will numb the region with a local anesthetic. If the tooth is impacted, then general anesthesia will be recommended. Once the tooth is pulled, a gauze pad will be placed into the socket to stop the bleeding. We may even put in a few dissolving stitches to close up the gum edges. We’ll also give you at-home care instructions so you can make sure everything is healing properly.
If you fall into another of these categories, it might be time to see if a tooth extraction could help make your smile healthier. Call us today at (623) 878-3300.
Did we make your tooth extraction a breeze? If so, we would love to hear what really made the experience easy and pain-free for you. We want to promise this same compassionate care to all our patients.