Thanks to preventive dental care, a cultural emphasis on healthier lifestyle habits, and advancements in treatment methods and technology, more people are keeping most or all of their natural teeth longer than ever before. Tooth loss, once considered a natural part of the aging process, can largely be avoided in many cases with proper care and regular visits to the dentist.
But even with the best care, tooth decay and gum disease are still a common problem among people of all ages. In extreme cases, a dental extraction may be necessary when other tooth preservation methods like dental fillings or root canals are insufficient and the tooth can't be saved.
Tooth Decay Prevention and Treatment in Peoria, AZ
Dr. Yati Yadav, a dentist in Peoria, AZ, performs dental extractions when more conservative treatment is not an option. The most common reasons to extract a tooth are:
- Infection/abscessed tooth
- Extensive bone loss
- Severe tooth decay
There are two types of tooth extraction - simple and surgical. A simple extraction is used when the tooth can be removed using forceps, without the need for incisions to remove gum or bone tissue along with the tooth. There are a few circumstances under which a tooth may need to be extracted surgically:
- The tooth is impacted (common with wisdom teeth)
- The tooth is surrounded by denser bone tissue
- The root of the tooth is curved or severely damaged
- The tooth breaks during a simple extraction and needs to be removed in several pieces
In most cases, your Peoria dentist can determine whether a simple or surgical extraction will be necessary before the procedure.
Find a Dentist in Peoria, AZ
Preventive dental care, starting with daily brushing and flossing at home, and followed by yearly oral exams and professional cleanings is the best way to avoid tooth decay and gum disease. Contact Your Family Dentist by calling (623) 878-3300 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Yadav today.