Your permanent, adult teeth are meant to last a lifetime. But these days, we live much longer than ever before, meaning our teeth sometimes don’t last as long. Then there are problems brought on by accidents, neglect, or pure bad luck. If a tooth is cracked, broken, or decayed, it might be time for a tooth removal procedure, also known as a tooth extraction.
Reasons For Needing A Tooth Removal or Extraction
There are several reasons why removing a tooth may be the best solution for your smile.
- If the pulp inside of a tooth is infected, sometimes a root canal can save the tooth. However, that’s not possible if the infection has gone untreated for too long. In that case, tooth removal (extracting the tooth) is the best option to prevent the infection from spreading.
- Severe gum disease can affect not only a tooth but the jawbone as well, as a loose tooth caused by periodontal disease can deteriorate the bone. It may be better to remove the tooth to prevent further bone loss.
- Medical procedures that weaken the body’s immune system such as chemotherapy can put certain teeth at a very high risk of infection. This means it can sometimes make sense to extract a weak tooth before it can become a serious problem.
- As your primary teeth are naturally replaced by permanent ones, your smile can become misaligned or overcrowded. If orthodontic care cannot correct the problem, it’s often useful to extract a tooth so others will fit.
- If you haven’t been to a dentist in a long time, cavities and similar problems might have grown so large that usual procedures won’t work. The tooth might have to come out because it cannot be saved.
Because we always want to partner with you concerning your dental care, we will always share our training and diagnostic information. This will allow you to make the best decision regarding your smile.
What Happens During A Tooth Removal / Extraction
First, we will take some digital X-rays and complete all necessary exams to make absolutely sure extraction is the only option remaining. If it is, then we will thoroughly clean the area near the tooth. Once the area is clean, we use a local anesthetic to completely numb the area to remove any pain or discomfort. Dental sedation is also an option, and we would discuss both well beforehand. Then we will use our modern tools to remove the unhealthy tooth.
How To Care For Your Teeth After An Extraction
After your tooth removal, we will give you some guidelines for rest and speeding up the healing process. Some patients experience mild swelling afterward, which can be handled with ice or cold packs. Soft foods will be necessary, and you shouldn’t brush the area until it’s had some time to heal. Painkillers can be prescribed. We would also discuss your options for filling the gap, such as dental implants or dental bridges. Modern technology and techniques have made teeth extractions a much simpler procedure. If you are worried that a tooth might have to come out, contact our office today at (484) 403-0099 or fill out our short online form. A member of our staff will be happy to help find a date and time for a consultation that works with your schedule.