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Reasons for Tooth Extraction

By Stephen Rogers on July 19, 2013

Tooth Extraction - Decay, Injury, Wisdom TeethDentists will always work their hardest to save a patient's tooth. This means using the most advanced techniques in restorative dentistry and general dental care. Sometimes a tooth cannot be saved, however, and in order to preserve general dental wellness, it is necessary to remove the tooth. Once the tooth is extracted, various restorative and cosmetic dentistry options can be considered to restore the appearance and functionality of the smile.

Many people wonder why teeth need to be extracted, which is something we'd like to briefly cover right now.

Why Saving a Tooth is Preferable to Extraction in Most Cases

Ideally, dentists want to preserve as much natural tissue in a patient's mouth as possible. It's the same reason why prevention is best: the more natural tooth structure that remains in a patient's mouth, the better it is for overall wellness in the long run.

That said, sometimes the tooth structure is so compromised or the circumstances are such that extraction is a more viable option to consider. Below are some of the reasons why tooth extraction may be performed.

Extractions for Severe Tooth Decay

When people think of tooth decay, they usually think of it in terms of small cavities. Sometimes decay can be substantial, however, with most of the tooth weakened by decay. Major tooth decay makes it more likely for bacterial infection of the pulp within a tooth, which requires a root canal for treatment.

When a tooth is so decayed that even a root canal is not a viable option, the team at our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center usually opts to extract it. This relieves dental discomfort and prevents potential spread of bacterial infection to other structures in the mouth.

Extractions for Severe Tooth Damage

Accidents and injuries can do a real number on the teeth. Chips, cracks, and breaks are all possible. Serious tooth damage may be such that a tooth cannot be saved or mended. In those cases, sometimes tooth extraction is the best option. This is especially worth considering if a tooth is severely damaged or broken in some way. Extracting the broken tooth can prevent pain and infection in the long run.

Extraction of Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are an extra set of molars that grow in during a person's late teens or early twenties. These extra molars are not necessary for general dental wellness and usually grow in crooked, impacting the patient's other teeth, and causing serious discomfort. By extracting the wisdom teeth, patients will have this pain alleviated and overall dental health will be maintained.

Solutions for Missing Teeth

When it comes to to replacing missing teeth, there are plenty of options to consider once the extraction is completed. Removable dental bridges and dentures are common, though many patients would benefit from getting dental implants to support these appliances. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically anchored into a patient's jawbone and gum tissue. You can discuss your suitability for dental implants during a visit with your dentist.

Schedule a Consultation for Advanced Dental Care

If you would like more information about tooth extractions and your many different treatment options for tooth decay and tooth injury, be sure to contact our Massapequa cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve excellent dental health.

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