Three Reasons Your Tooth Should Be Pulled
- March 24, 2016
In a perfect world, everyone’s teeth would come in straight. No one would ever get a tooth infection, and no one would develop gum disease.
As it is, we treat patients every day at Gentle Dental Care who need help fixing problems with their teeth.
Some of these problems can’t be avoided, and others are the result of poor oral hygiene. In either case, we want to do whatever we can to keep your mouth as healthy as possible.
Sometimes the best way to do that is by removing one or more of your teeth.
This may seem contrary to what you expect. After all, our dentist wants to preserve all or as much of your healthy tooth as possible.
At times, a filling, a dental crown, or root canal treatment is not enough to solve the problem, however. If you need a tooth removed, we will use the most modern techniques to make this procedure as simple, safe, and painless as we can for you or any patient who visits our dentist office in Plainville, CT.
Why Your Tooth Needs To Be Removed
Not long ago, tooth removal basically amounted to a major surgery, and you may have needed weeks to recover from the procedure.
With modern equipment, we can perform tooth extractions with minimum effect on your gums and sometimes without cutting your gums at all. This makes the procedure less traumatic, and it reduces the time you need to recover.
Now, let’s address three common reasons people need to have a tooth or teeth removed.
An adult with all of his or her teeth has 32 teeth in his or her mouth.
Many people’s mouths aren’t big enough to hold all of those teeth, however. As a result, our teeth don’t always have enough space to erupt correctly. This can cause teeth to get crowded together or to become impacted.
Teeth can be partially impacted, which means they emerge partway through your gums or, or completely impacted, which means they remain under your gums.
The most common example of this is our wisdom teeth. These are the last set of molars to emerge in the back of our mouths. If they don’t have room to erupt, your wisdom teeth can push your existing teeth together, causing alignment and bite problems.
In other cases, your teeth may be crowded already. If they are too crowded, this can make orthodontic treatment more complicated. As a solution, the dentist may recommend removing a tooth before your orthodontic care begins.
2. Tooth infections
Tooth decay often starts with oral hygiene problems. Maybe you aren’t brushing correctly. Maybe you aren’t flossing like you should. Maybe some of your teeth overlap, and you can’t clean certain parts of your teeth.
If you make routine appointments for routine dental cleaning and examinations, our dentist can treat many of these problems before they get out of hand. In some cases, this may require a filling and some antibiotics. In other cases, we may perform a root canal if the infection has reached the soft pulp in the center of one of your teeth.
If the infection is too advanced, however, the tooth may be too far gone for a root canal or other treatment. We will recommend pulling the tooth in those cases rather than allowing the infection to spread to other parts of your mouth.
Tooth decay can be a particular problem for patients with compromised immune systems because they have a harder time fighting off the infection.
3. Gum disease
Gum disease can be treated and reversed if you catch it early. Even with more advanced gum disease, there are ways to remove the bacteria, plaque, and tartar before they threaten your teeth.
If you allow gum disease to continue untreated, it may start to attack the bones that hold your teeth in place. This can make your teeth feel loose inside your mouth.
If your bone structure is severely damaged, sometimes the best thing you can do is remove the affected teeth. This also allows us to treat the infection, which will preserve the teeth you have left.
If you need a tooth removed due to tooth decay or gum disease, we will discuss tooth replacement options, like dental implants, to restore the appearance of your smile and your ability to eat the foods that you enjoy.
During routine cleanings and examinations at Gentle Dental Care, our dentist will often find problems before they get to a point where tooth removal is the only option. If we can save your teeth, we will.
To keep your mouth healthy, make plans to visit our dentist office a few times each year if you live in or near Plainville, CT. If you haven’t already scheduled your next appointment, call 860-479-2397 or fill out our online form.