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Signs Of A Possible Tooth Extraction

Toothaches can be common but at what point does this indicate the need for a tooth extraction? Our Mill Woods dentists list some of the signs your tooth might need to be pulled.

What is a tooth extraction?

During a tooth extraction, we surgically remove a tooth. At Southwood Dental, we always take a preventive, non-invasive approach to treatment, and therefore only perform tooth extractions in cases where a damaged tooth threatens the health of the other teeth in your mouth.

This procedure is commonly referred to as getting a tooth pulled and may be considered a dental emergency.

Why might I need to have a tooth extraction?

Our Mill Woods dentists prefer to avoid tooth extractions as missing teeth can cause other dental health issues that are costly and time-consuming to fix. However, in some situations the procedure is necessary. Here are a few cases:

If the tooth is severely infected or decayed

If your tooth has a small cavity, a dental filling may be used to restore the function and appearance of your tooth if the decay is detected early enough.

However, if decay has advanced and caused severe infection, it may be difficult or impossible to restore to its original condition with a root canal and/or crown, leaving extraction as the only alternative treatment method.

The tooth has endured severe damage or fractured

A sudden or traumatic injury to your mouth, either from playing sports, falling, or an accident, can cause a tooth to become chipped, or knocked out. Not only is this going to be a painful experience, but it will also cause your tooth to become vulnerable to infections and decay. 

Additionally, a fractured tooth with jagged edges can cause harm to your mouth’s inner tissues, including your lips, tongue and cheeks. Your dentist may need to pull it and replace the tooth with a dental implant or other treatment.

Your teeth are getting crowded

Some teeth may erupt at different times, resulting in disproportionate growth. It’s also possible that a tooth has shifted into the wrong position or become misaligned.

Whatever the reason, crowded teeth can become painful and be more susceptible to decay as it’s difficult to keep them clean. Your jaw may start to feel sore. Your dentist may recommend having the tooth pulled.

Gum disease has led to a loose tooth

Advanced gum disease (periodontal disease) can lead to loose teeth and tooth loss. Though our Mill Woods dentists do everything in their power to help you avoid losing teeth to decay or disease, when teeth become loose the only treatment option may be extraction.

What can I do if my tooth needs to be pulled?

If your dentist does have to perform a tooth extraction, you have a few tooth replacement options after the procedure is complete. Depending on your specific case, your dentist may recommend a dental crown, dental bridge, dentures or dental implants.

At Southwood Dental, we take the time to explain procedures and treatment options in detail and why we are recommending them. Don’t hesitate to contact us for advice about concerning symptoms or potential treatments.

Do you have a persistent toothache that needs dental attention and a possible extraction? Contact our Mill Woods dentists today to learn more about your options.

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