The Tooth Extraction Procedure
A tooth extraction is a procedure where your dentist surgically removes a tooth. At Accolade Dental, we always take a preventive, non-invasive approach to treatment, and therefore only perform tooth extractions in cases where a damaged tooth threatens the health of the other teeth in your mouth.
This procedure is commonly referred to as getting a tooth pulled and can be a treatment for certain dental emergencies.
Why Someone Might Need A Tooth Extraction
Our Yorkville dentists prefer to avoid tooth extractions as missing teeth can cause other dental health issues that are costly and time-consuming to fix. However, in some situations the procedure is necessary. Here are a few cases:
The tooth is severely infected or decayed.
If you have a minor cavity, a filling can be used to restore your tooth, however, if decay has advanced and caused a severe infection, it may be difficult or impossible to restore to its original condition with a root canal and/or crown, leaving extraction as the only alternative treatment method.
The tooth has endured severe damage or fractured.
A sudden injury to the mouth - such as while playing sports or during a fall – can result in a broken, chipped or knocked-out tooth. Not only is this painful, but it is also more vulnerable to infection and decay.
Additionally, a fractured tooth with jagged edges can cause harm to your mouth’s inner tissues, including your lips, tongue and cheeks. Your dentist may need to pull it and replace the tooth with a dental implant or other treatment.
Your teeth are crowded.
Teeth will erupt at different times which can lead to misalignments. It’s also possible that a tooth has shifted into the wrong position or become misaligned.
Whatever the reason, crowded teeth can become painful and be more susceptible to decay as it’s difficult to keep them clean. Your jaw may start to feel sore. Your dentist may recommend having the tooth pulled.
Gum disease has led to loose teeth.
Advanced gum disease (periodontal disease) can lead to loose teeth and tooth loss. Though our Yorkville dentists do everything in their power to help you avoid losing teeth to decay or disease, when teeth become loose the only treatment option may be extraction.
What To Do If You Need A Tooth Extraction
If you do end up requiring a tooth extraction, you will have a few options in regard to replacing your tooth after the procedure. Depending on your specific case, your dentist may recommend a dental crown, dental bridge, dentures or dental implants.
At Accolade Dental, we take the time to explain procedures and treatment options in detail and why we are recommending them. Don’t hesitate to contact us for advice about concerning symptoms or potential treatments.