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Tooth Extraction Benefits
Brushing and flossing our teeth every day is supposed to help us maintain our smile. However, despite our best efforts, decay, damage and even periodontal disease still occur. Sometimes there are also other factors that threaten the viability of our teeth.
No one likes the thought of needing a dental extraction, but the fact is that sometimes, it really is the best course of action to preserve your overall dental health.
Why do I need a tooth extraction?
There can be many different reasons why someone might be referred for a tooth extraction. These include:
- Severe tooth decay. If you have a cavity that is so large it is unable to be solved with a filling or crown, our dentist may have no choice but to recommend extraction.
- Advanced periodontal disease. When gum disease becomes severe, the soft tissue may pull away from the teeth, causing them to become loose. It can also compromise the ability of the jaw bone to support the tooth root.
- A tooth that has fractured below the gum line
- Failure of infant teeth to fall out
However, by far the most common cause of dental extraction is impacted wisdom teeth. These are the teeth at the very back of your mouth that don’t erupt until your late teens or early twenties. Often by this point there is no space left in your mouth to accommodate them and they become stuck or come through at an unfortunate angle. If this happens, they will need to be removed.
Benefits of a tooth extraction
Rest assured that dentists do not pull teeth for the fun of it, and if our dentist has recommended that you have an extraction, it really is because it is the only viable solution and it will benefit you in a variety of different ways.
Relieving your pain
Toothache is often cited as one of the worst types of pain, and it range from a consistent, dull throb to acute discomfort. If it is your affected tooth causing you pain, removing the source will also relieve you of your discomfort.
Prevent the spread of decay
If you have been advised to have an extraction because you have extensive tooth decay, removing the affected tooth could prevent it from spreading to neighboring teeth and potentially compromising the health of those around it.
Dealing with wisdom tooth problems
If your wisdom tooth is impacted, the only way to deal with it is to remove it. Doing so can alleviate some of the symptoms you have probably been experiencing, which can include pain, swelling and infection.
Overcrowded teeth occur when your jaw is too small to sustain the number of teeth you have. This can cause overlapping and other misalignment problems that make teeth harder to clean properly and make dental health problems more likely.
Restoring the function of your mouth
If you have been suffering from dental problems, you have likely found that the function of your mouth has been adversely affected. However, removing the tooth might leave you with a temporary gap (which can be filled with a prosthetic tooth at a later date), but it should enable you to regain better use of your mouth and teeth again.
If you have been recommended for an extraction, take the opportunity to talk to our dentist about what will happen, and what your options are regarding replacing your missing tooth once your gum has healed. If you would like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact our experienced team to make sure that you receive the care that you deserve.