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When Is a Tooth Extraction Necessary?
A tooth extraction may be necessary on occasion. Severely damaged teeth cannot be repaired with dental restoration procedures such as a crown. The bones of these teeth lose their strength and thus are unable to support the teeth. If gum disease is causing this, a dentist must extract the infected teeth immediately if these cannot be restored. In a similar fashion, wisdom teeth are often extracted if they grow in an awkward position behind the molars. Here are some scenarios where your dentist will advise you to undergo tooth extraction.
There is an infection in the mouth
This happens when decay reaches the tooth pulp. The bacteria invade the pulp and cause an infection. Tooth decay causes toothaches and discomfort. If a patient is sensitive to hot or cold drinks, it might be too late for a root canal. The dentist will try everything possible to restore the teeth. But if it is necessary, the dentist will recommend a tooth extraction.
There are impacted teeth
Impacted teeth lack “push power” to erupt beyond the gumline. In other cases, the teeth may partially erupt. There are several causes for this, including jaws that are not large enough to accommodate wisdom teeth. Impacted teeth grow at an angle toward the next tooth or the back of the mouth. These teeth are painful and prone to infection.
The dentist removes these teeth by making a cut in the gum over the tooth. The tooth is then cut into several pieces and removed. The gum is put back into place with stitches. These stitches are dissolvable and take several weeks to disappear.
Although teeth are naturally strong, they can fracture because of hard foods. Teeth can also fracture if the patient is involved in an accident or sports injuries. Fractured teeth are painful and do not provide the proper oral function. This is especially in cases where fractures extend below the gumline.
Rather than invest time in a tooth with slim chances of becoming fully functional, a dentist will recommend a tooth extraction. The placement of dental implants quickly follows this because these last longer. The dentist will have to check the surrounding bone to determine the success of the operation. This operation can be completed relatively easily and fast with the help of a skilled dentist.
The cost is too high
Certain situations require tooth extraction because the cost of restoration is too high. For example, removing an infection may require a full root canal followed by a restoration. Although most insurance plans are open to discuss various payment options, a patient might be in a situation where these options are not affordable. Tooth extraction is the only effective and immediate way to deal with the problem in this scenario.
Visit your dentist for a tooth extraction
In certain circumstances, a tooth extraction is inevitable. If your teeth happen to cause pain or discomfort, it is time to consider an extraction. Visit your dentist for a checkup. Ask questions and discuss whether it is the right time for an extraction.
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