You’re used to losing teeth as a child but what might come as a surprise is that sometimes you might need to lose one in adulthood as well. Even as an adult when you have your permanent teeth in, it might be necessary to have a tooth extraction. This dental procedure involves having your tooth pulled and could be necessary for some reasons.
Why You Might Need a Tooth Extraction
Below are a few of the reasons why the dental team at Creative Dental might recommend that you have a tooth extracted:
1. Your mouth is crowded
If you need orthodontic treatment, it might be recommended that one or more teeth be pulled to make more room in your mouth. This could be the case if your teeth are too large for your mouth and they are going to be too difficult to align unless more room is created.
If a particular tooth is not able to break through the gum because there isn’t enough room for it, your dental team might suggest pulling it. This is often the case when it comes to wisdom teeth. These third molars often tend to be overly large while the space they are trying to fill is smaller than the typical one found in your mouth. Opting for oral surgery before your wisdom teeth attempt to erupt fully could save you considerable pain.
2. Your tooth is damaged or decayed
If you have an accident or an injury and your tooth is damaged, it could be impossible to save. In this case, it might be better for your overall health to pull the tooth. Another reason is if your tooth is decayed to the pulp — which is the center of your tooth where the blood vessels and nerves are located. If this is the case, bacteria have an easy way to enter the pulp which, left untreated, could lead to an infection.
Sometimes, if it’s caught early enough, a root canal could be required. Antibiotics might also be prescribed. If these two tactics don’t work, though, it’s best to have the tooth extracted to stop the infection from spreading.
3. You have periodontal disease
Periodontal disease — which is the infection of the bones and tissues that support the tooth — can cause a tooth to loosen if it’s not addressed early enough. If this is the case, it might be recommended that you have the tooth or teeth extracted.
4. You’re at risk for infection
A person who has a compromised immune system, the possibility of having an infection in your tooth is likely going to be a reason to pull it. You might have a compromised immune system if you are going to have an organ transplant or if you are undergoing chemotherapy treatment.
In many cases, good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups can help prevent some of the more common reasons for tooth extraction. It may be time for you to schedule an appointment with Creative Dental.