While we save extractions as a last resort, there are certain circumstances that require your tooth to be removed in order to protect your oral health and your overall health.
These are typically cases where a tooth has sustained more decay, trauma, or injury than a root canal can repair. Periodontal (gum) disease that has advanced into periodontitis can also result in tooth loss.
If you find yourself needing an extraction, Gateway Dental is the right place for you. We perform procedures with our patients’ comfort in mind first, and extractions are no exception. Our team will work together to ensure that your extraction goes as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
Why Do I Need an Extraction?
A tooth that is fractured, decayed, injured, or damaged by gum disease may become infected. Dental infections need to be treated as soon as possible and can sometimes be managed with root canal therapy.
If your tooth is beyond this point, however, your Aurora dentist will recommend an extraction in order to eliminate the infection and protect your remaining teeth.
In some cases, we will recommend that wisdom teeth be removed. Wisdom teeth, or third molars, arrive way back in your mouth behind your second molars around the ages of 18 to 25 years old. Your wisdom teeth may need to be removed due to any of these circumstances:
- There is no room in your mouth, and they are crowding your other teeth.
- You can’t reach them to brush and floss properly.
- They have remained impacted or stuck beneath your gums.
- They have come in at odd angles that are risky for your other teeth.
Replacing a Lost Tooth
If you need a tooth other than a wisdom tooth extracted, it is a good idea to plan on replacing that tooth as soon as you can. We can discuss replacement options such as a dental bridge, partial, or implant with you.
The reason that it’s so important to replace a lost tooth is because a missing tooth will immediately begin to affect your oral health. When a tooth is lost, your neighboring teeth will begin to shift into the open space, which causes bite misalignment. This also increases your risk of developing other issues, such as gum disease and tooth decay.
Your jawbone will also begin to deteriorate without a root to support, and this will change the appearance of your face and eliminate support for your other healthy teeth.
Learn More about Your Options
If you need to have a tooth removed and you would like to protect your oral health, we are happy to work with you to create a treatment plan that includes the extraction and tooth replacement if that is of interest to you.
Contact Gateway Dental today for more information.