It is an unnerving phrase to hear, “we need to pull this tooth”, but as nerve-wracking as this statement is the effects of leaving in a tooth that is too-far-gone, are much more frightful.
Ideally, these situations could be prevented with proper aligners and regular oral healthcare. Sadly, that’s not always the case and tooth problems may develop later on in life due to dental neglect, accidents, or oversights. While it would be leaps and bounds better to be able to prevent dire dental situations in the first place, that’s not always possible.
When is Pulling a Tooth the Best Option?
Perhaps the idea that you might personally elect to have a tooth removed sounds counter-intuitive. But in certain circumstances, the tooth can no longer be saved, and complete extraction is the preferable choice. What follows are four examples of situations in which removing the tooth may be the best thing you could do for your oral health.
When The Teeth Are Crowding For Space
Crowding is the term used in dentistry when some teeth that emerge are too large for the size and shape of your mouth. Oftentimes this is due to an underdeveloped jaw bone. Sometimes the teeth come out of your gums at an angle and push against other teeth, misaligning them. Whether the tooth that erupts is too large or at an odd angle, the result is the same, crowded teeth.
If not treated, crowding causes intense discomfort and in severe cases can result in persistent pain. The best remedy may be to extract one or more of the problem teeth.
If An Infection Has Developed
An infection in your mouth is arguably worse than a swollen red cut on your knee that comes to mind when you hear the word “infection.” If the inside of your tooth becomes infected, the infection is now directly linked to your bloodstream, where it can spread to the rest of the body.
In most cases, the infection can be treated with antibiotics, but that isn’t always the case especially if the infection is in its advanced stage. If you suspect you may have an infected tooth book an appointment with us as soon as possible. The sooner this issue is addressed, the less likely you’ll have to have it extracted, and the sooner you can prevent any further spread of the infection.
When a Tooth Has Been Damaged
A heavy fall or trauma to the face can result in irreversible damage to the teeth and in some cases, keeping a damaged tooth is worse for you.
It’s a little difficult to accept. If you’ve been injured and you lost a part of your tooth, you probably aren’t in the mood to lose the rest of it, but a damaged tooth is just an invitation for more dental problems down the line.
For example, if the tooth chipped at an angle, the sharp edge can cause cuts inside your mouth. Also, if the tooth chipped deep enough, the open exposure can cause the tooth to get infected, the safest choice may be to extract the tooth.
When You Are in Pain
Tooth pain may be symptomatic of an infection, a congenital condition, or the result of an accident. If the pain is severe, it’s best to consult with your local dentist to determine the cause of the pain to see if extraction is necessary.
An Ounce of Prevention
As mentioned, prevention is better than a cure, especially when that cure involves tooth extraction. While you may have missed your chance to get braces or clear aligners during childhood, there are other preventive measures you can take to prevent orthodontic issues.
Visit your dentist regularly to monitor your dental health and treat any emerging issue as soon as it begins to manifest. Naturally, practicing good dental hygiene is a must. Brush your teeth every day, floss, and avoid things sugary drinks and smoking.
For most dental issues, it’s unlikely that tooth extraction will be the answer. That being said, when a serious problem arises, meet with your dentist and get treatment as soon as possible to avoid worsening a dental problem.