Second to a root canal, having a tooth extraction in Lansdale is at the top of the list of procedures that patients dread having! The idea of having something that’s usually a permanent part of your mouth taken out just isn’t appealing – and understandably so. But, rest assured that extractions are much easier than you would expect and will provide you with better oral health in the long-term. Having said that, you might still be wondering why you need an extraction in the first place. Below are six of the most common reasons a dentist would recommend extracting a tooth!
This one comes as no surprise. The majority of people don’t have enough room to accommodate wisdom teeth, so they “erupt” only partially or come in sideways.
In either case, they can cause serious problems down the road, such as infections, cysts, or severe cavities. Since patients tolerate the extraction process and heal so much better when they’re younger, it’s usually a good idea to be proactive and remove them before they cause bigger problems.
Financial or Other Special Needs
If a tooth is severely damaged, a dentist in Lansdale will generally recommend making every effort to save it. However, there are cases in which a patient opts to have it extracted instead. This may be due to finances, age or other factors that make it impractical to invest large amounts of time or money into a tooth.
Every patient has unique needs and goals, which will be taken into account when a dentist makes a treatment plan!
Sometimes a tooth has a cavity that’s so large that it’s destroyed all of the natural tooth structure. In these situations, there’s nothing left to support a filling or even a crown, so a family dentist in Lansdale may recommend extracting the tooth and making a bridge, partial denture or implant to replace it.
It’s not uncommon for teeth to develop small fractures over time from the wear-and-tear of chewing forces. However, if a fracture becomes large or runs vertically, the tooth usually can’t be saved or restored.
Some people simply have small mouths, which can result in severe crowding. Oftentimes it’s easier to extract 1-2 teeth to make room for the remaining teeth.
Sometimes a dentist will recommend these extractions before getting braces to facilitate orthodontic treatment.
Gum disease destroys the gums and underlying bone that support the teeth and keep them in place. In advanced stages, the teeth can become loose because there isn’t enough bone to support them. Extracting these failing teeth allows for necessary healing to occur before replacement options such as implants can be done.
Remember, extractions are easier than you would expect, and when it’s all said and done, you’ll be on your way to better oral health for many years to come!
About the Author
Dr. Kenneth Carsto is a general, restorative and cosmetic dentist who always takes the time to explain the reasons behind each procedure he recommends. He weighs the unique needs and circumstances of each patient and reviews the pros and cons so patients can make the best decision for their oral health. If you have any questions, he can be reached via his website or at (215) 368-2424.