How do you know whether you need a tooth extraction? In the Phoenix Valley, at Lifetime Family Dental, we do everything we can to help you keep your teeth. From regular cleanings to reconstructive dentistry, we specialize in providing you with the best dental practices. But sometimes, there is only one viable solution to maintaining overall oral health. These are several reasons why a tooth may need to be extracted.
A tooth that has been chipped can often be easily repaired. The same applies to a tooth that is broken: if treated soon enough, a minor break can be repaired and a crown can be made to protect the remaining tooth. A tooth that is broken at the root can also be built up and crowned if enough of the root structure remains. If not, then the rest of the tooth will need to be removed.
If tooth decay has progressed to the point of infecting the pulp, a root canal procedure may be suggested. This procedure, along with antibiotics, can often clear up the infection. But if that doesn’t work, then the tooth will probably need to be extracted.
Periodontal disease is a severe infection of the gum and bones that hold the tooth in place can often lead to loose teeth. Plaque buildup due to improper or infrequent brushing can lead to gingivitis, which is an inflammation of the gums. Left untreated, severe gingivitis can cause the gums to recede and loosen the support that healthy teeth require. In some cases, it will be necessary to remove the loosened teeth.
With some people, there is not enough room in their oral cavity for their wisdom teeth to successfully emerge. When this happens, extraction is called for and some, or all four, of these molars are removed at once. In a similar scenario, an orthodontist may need to extract healthy teeth in order to create room in the mouth for straightening other teeth.
An Ounce of Prevention . .
. . . Is worth a pound of cure. Lifetime Family Dental has served hundreds of satisfied patients. And while we love our work, we urge you to please develop good oral hygiene practices, and keep your teeth their healthiest. The last thing we want to do is pull teeth. But if you need that, we are here for your tooth extraction in the Phoenix Valley and surrounding areas. Don’t delay if you have any questions. We want to see your lovely smile!