When a Dental Extraction Makes Sense
Losing the pearly whites may come as a shock to many of us. Each member of our dentition is a valuable gem to us, and nobody wants to lose even one of them. At Ivory Dental, we promote and follow conservative dental techniques. Dr. Benjamin Hull always designs the treatment plan after assessing the present status and the prognosis of the disease. Your dental health is the most important asset to us, and Dr. Hull will only advise a tooth extraction if it is the best option for your case.
The following is a list of the most common conditions when a dental extraction would make sense.
1. Decayed tooth
If you have one rotten apple in your basket of fruits, you will throw it away as you don’t want to spoil the others. The same thing holds true for an oral cavity. A grossly decayed tooth can have food lodgment which can lead to gum infection, bad breath and even periodontal disease due to bone loss. The first treatment option for a decayed tooth is a restoration or dental filling. If the decay spreads further and involves the pulp (the third and vital layer of tooth), then a root canal treatment may be needed.
However, if the tooth is severely damaged to the extent where it cannot be restored, then Dr. Hull may recommend a tooth extraction. This step is important to maintain good dental as well as overall health.
If you are going to have chemotherapy, then it is always advisable to get the infectious tooth removed or treated as it can prove to be a hindrance to the success of chemotherapy.
2. Tooth fracture
A part of your tooth may be lost or fractured. Usually, tooth fractures can be restored by appropriate dental treatments. However, if the damage is severe and the prognosis of the tooth after restoration is not good, then Dr. Hull may recommend a dental extraction.
The most common indication of a dental extraction in the case of a tooth fracture is when the fracture involves the roots. Dr. Hull may take X-rays and do several tests before deciding to do an extraction.
3. Periodontal disease
According to Coeur d'Alene Dental Center, "Periodontal disease ("gum disease') is an infection of the gums and of supportive tissues surrounding the teeth." Gingivitis is also a condition in which the gums are inflamed and infected. You may have bad breath (halitosis), red and swollen gums or bleeding gums. Regular dental checkups help to diagnose this condition at an early stage. This disease can be resolved by scaling or dental cleaning.
If the condition progresses to involve the supporting structures of the tooth including the bony socket, then it is called periodontal disease. Periodontal problems can also occur due to other etiologic factors like smoking, hormonal imbalances, poor oral hygiene, and others. This ailment can cause bone loss resulting in tooth mobility. The management of periodontal disease involves intensive dental treatment like flap surgery, and this process may warrant the extraction of the unhealthy tooth that has almost lost its periodontal support.
The placement of wires and braces is often an indication for extraction of healthy teeth. If you have crowded teeth, forwardly placed upper jaw or other orthodontic problems, it may be necessary to do a dental extraction to give you a dazzling smile with teeth in perfect alignment.
5. Wisdom teeth
Wisdom teeth or the third molars that sit at the end of your arch often bring along many dental problems. Your wisdom teeth may be impacted, turned diagonally or may erupt in an abnormal position. Food lodgment, dental caries, gum problems, cheek biting, and swelling are the common problems associated with impacted wisdom teeth.
If you have long-standing pain, extensive caries, gum infection, damage to the adjacent tooth or other severe problems like cysts associated with your wisdom tooth, then Dr. Hull may advise you to do an extraction. Sometimes, the removal of impacted wisdom teeth may require a minor surgery.
A complete denture is an artificial prosthesis that replaces all the teeth in the arch. You may need to have a dental extraction done if considering dentures as a treatment option.
Dental extraction at Ivory Dental in Sandpoint, ID:
We know what it feels to lose a tooth. However, you can rest assured that you are in safe hands. Dr. Hull and his Sandpoint Dental Team will advise you a dental treatment like extraction only when it will benefit your dental health.
Ideal Family Dentistry states that, "When it is determined that you need a tooth extraction, your dentist may extract the tooth during a regular checkup or may schedule another visit for this procedure." We use the latest techniques like oral conscious sedation to make the process as pain-free for you as possible. If you have dental fear or are anxious about extraction, you can always have a talk with Dr. Hull and his team. Dr. Hull is empathetic, and he will take utmost care to make the treatment a positive experience for you.
After thorough clinical examination, X-rays, and other tests, Dr. Benjamin Hull will draft the treatment plan. He may recommend tooth extraction if any of the above-mentioned conditions exist. After the extraction, we will give you all the post-care instructions to ensure a smooth recovery.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us. You can schedule your appointment by giving us a call!208.597.7729