Your dentist’s goal will always be to preserve your natural teeth. Unfortunately, there are times when that is not an option. A dental extraction can become necessary in order to protect both your oral and overall health. Tooth decay can progress so far that it causes a severe infection, which can necessitate an extraction. An accident or injury can cause so much damage to a tooth that is too extensive to be repaired. Extraction is often done to protect the rest of the teeth in your mouth. Wisdom teeth, for example, are often removed to prevent overcrowding or damage to the rest of your smile. Dental extractions are done when necessary.
Wisdom teeth are also known as third molars because emerge after your baby molars and your secondary molars. Oftentimes, when wisdom teeth require extraction it is because there is no room in the mouth for the additional teeth. This overcrowding can lead to a painful shifting of the other teeth. Shifting of properly placed teeth can lead to crookedness and misalignment. Wisdom teeth can also emerge from the gums at odd angles, which can cause damage to the gums and surrounding teeth. Wisdom teeth that are impacted are teeth that stay beneath the gums completely or partially. Impacted teeth can still cause shifting among the other teeth. Partially impacted wisdom teeth can also cause a painful infection in the gums where the teeth protrude.
When a cavity is not treated with a filling, the tooth decay can spread to the inner pulp of the tooth. A root canal treatment may stop the decay, but there is a chance that the pulp can become infected. A serious infection can be very painful and can spread to other parts of the body via your bloodstream.
If the damage is beyond repair, the tooth may need to be removed. Once removed, a dental implant with a crown or a bridge may be an option to restore appearance and the chewing and biting functions.
Extraction can save your smile
Learn more about dental extractions and your oral health. To schedule a consultation with 7 Day Dental, contact our office closest to you at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive.