We always try to save a natural tooth as best we can, but sometimes tooth extraction is the best treatment. This is one of the more invasive procedures, but with local anesthesia, sleep sedation and other improvements, your experience will be as comfortable as can be. Wondering if you really need a tooth extracted? We can say that procrastinating for too long can be risky.
When Is Tooth Extraction Necessary?
If cavities, gum disease or dental trauma have done too much damage to a tooth, we cannot treat it. Advanced infections can also make extraction the best option. In the case of wisdom teeth, if they are jamming your mouth and damaging other teeth, we should remove them.
Risks of Unextracted Teeth
When a tooth has to be extracted, things get very serious. You will likely feel significant pain. The problem will get worse if you just wait. If there is an existing infection, it will not heal on its own and can damage your gums and bone. Infections can also spread to other teeth, putting you at risk for sepsis. If the problem is crowding, not pulling the tooth in a timely manner may cause malocclusion and damage to the tooth.
Do Not Ignore The Problem!
In our clinic, we always try to save a natural tooth if possible. Professional cleaning and good oral hygiene every six months reduce your risk for problems that require extraction. If you need a tooth extracted, we work to make the experience comfortable. Each extraction begins with a local anesthetic on your gums. You can contact us if you have any questions about tooth extraction.