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How Tooth Extractions Benefit Oral Health

Common Causes of Tooth Extractions

Depending on the severity of an individual’s oral health, a tooth extraction may be necessary if the revival of a tooth is no longer an option. Some common reasons for tooth extractions include:

  • Severe tooth infection
  • Gum disease
  • Traumatic damage to the tooth that is irreparable
  • Growth of wisdom teeth
  • Create space for tooth realignment
  • For the placement of dentures or implants

For anyone experiencing any of the above, a dentist will assess the damaged teeth and determine whether a tooth extraction is the best solution for the improvement of an individual’s oral health. Once a tooth is removed, there is no way to reverse the procedure. Therefore, it’s important to make sure a tooth extraction is the best solution for whatever oral issue an individual is experiencing.

How to Know if You Need an Extraction

If an individual is suffering from a severe infection and the dentist is unable to treat the issue with a filling, then an extraction may be necessary to prevent the infection from entering the bloodstream.

Sometimes tooth infections can develop into tooth abscesses, which in most cases dentists will perform a root canal procedure to save the tooth. However, if the infection is too severe, an extraction might be the only plausible solution.

If a tooth has decayed tremendously, often times the initial solution is to place a crown around it to prevent further decay. The same solution goes for a tooth that has suffered an injury. However, if there is not enough healthy tooth left to support the crown, then the tooth will have to be extracted.

How Tooth Extractions Benefit Oral HealthWhen an individual has suffered from extreme gum disease, the surrounding teeth become loose since the disease destroys the connecting tissue and bone that keeps the tooth in place. When the teeth are extremely loose, the only solution will be to extract them.

Extracting wisdom teeth may be necessary if they negatively affect the surrounding teeth as they grow in. For example, if they push through the gum improperly, the tooth could overcrowd the mouth and cause tooth misalignment and severe pain. Therefore, removing the partially impacted or fully impacted wisdom tooth often maintains the health of the surrounding teeth.

How are Teeth Extracted?

Teeth extractions are usually performed in a regular dentist office, and patients are often given local anesthetics so that the procedure isn’t painful. To remove the tooth from its socket, a dentist will use a lever tool to loosen the tooth, and once it’s loose enough, they will remove it with dental forceps. The entire process should only take a few minutes.

San Diego Cosmetic Dentistry

At McBride Dental, we offer cosmetic dentistry services for individuals who need their teeth removed and replaced by dentures, implants, or veneers. For those who are experiencing pain from their wisdom teeth, we also offer wisdom tooth removal services. If you are in the San Diego area and would like to schedule an appointment with us, contact our office today at 760-471-1003

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