When Is a Tooth Extraction Necesssary?

Tooth Extraction Durango, CO

While dentists will often do everything possible to save a tooth no matter the age of the patient, there are some situations where tooth extraction is necessary. When it comes to removing teeth, there are two different types of extractions a dentist or oral surgeon can use depending on the reason for removal: Simple extraction and surgical extraction.

A simple extraction can be used when the tooth is already fully emerged past the gum line and can be easily removed using forceps. A surgical extraction involves cutting into the gums to retrieve a tooth, usually because it is impacted. Here are some common reasons a patient might need to have either a simple or surgical extraction performed.

Reasons for a simple tooth extraction  

A dentist might suggest pulling a patient’s tooth because of infection or overcrowding in the mouth. Continue reading to learn more about each of these reasons for a tooth extraction.

Tooth decay or gum disease

Fillings or root canal treatment can often treat minor cases of tooth decay, but severe deterioration can warrant the need for extraction. This situation often occurs if the patient has not had a dental exam in a while and the decay has gone untreated for a long period of time. Eventually, the decay can extend to the pulp of the tooth leading to an infection.

If the infection is too severe to be treated by root canal therapy, the extraction of the tooth is necessary to keep the infection from spreading. Gum disease is another type of infection that causes the degeneration of the bones and tissues surrounding a tooth. If not addressed early on, these structures can deteriorate to the point that the tooth either falls out or needs to be pulled.

Overcrowding

If teeth are severely misaligned or overcrowded, it might be necessary to pull teeth to open up space in the mouth or to make an opening for an impacted tooth. Most often, the removal of the tooth or teeth is combined with orthodontic treatment. Braces are used after the tooth is removed to further expand the jawbone and balance the bite.

Impacted teeth and surgical extraction

An impacted tooth is one that has been blocked from emerging from the gums and is often discovered during a dental X-ray. Some impacted teeth will eventually break through the gums without treatment; also, removing baby teeth or orthodontic treatment can sometimes allow the teeth to come in properly. Other times, tooth extraction is necessary if the teeth are unable to erupt through the gums on their own. Often, surgical extraction is used on wisdom teeth or maxillary canines that cannot be guided to the correct position.

Conclusion

Typically, a dentist will do everything possible to preserve a tooth if possible before choosing to extract it. However, if the patient is suffering due to an infection of the tooth or gums it might be necessary to quickly remove the tooth to avoid even more harm from occurring. If teeth are overcrowded or impacted, a treatment plan can be made to determine if a tooth extraction is the best line of action.

Request an appointment here: https://durangodentistry.com or call Durango Dentistry at (970) 422-3263 for an appointment in our Durango office.

Check out what others are saying about our dental services on Yelp: Tooth Extraction in Durango, CO.

Recent Posts

Emergency Dentistry And The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disease: When A Tooth Goes Numb

Curious about emergency dentistry during the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease pandemic? The COVID-19 outbreak has caused many dentists to limit their elective services and transition into only treating patients who need emergency dentistry. Due to this, it is important for people to understand what constitutes a dental emergency. One of the more common oral health concerns…

Emergency Dentistry: How To Handle An Emergency While Under Lockdown For CoronaVirus (COVID-19) Disease

Routine dental care may be on hold, but you might wonder about emergency dentistry. If you have a dental emergency, you can still get the care you need. This is even more the case if you have a life-threatening issue, such as an infection. Read on to learn more about what to do if you…

The 4 Most Common Signs Of Tooth Decay

When it comes to tooth decay, there are some very specific signs and symptoms that people should be on the lookout for. If someone is experiencing any of these symptoms, it would be best that they make an appointment with their dentist as soon as possible, in order to maintain a healthy dental routine.As cavities…

FAQs - Dental Veneers Procedure

Dental Veneers are a popular treatment option offered in cosmetic dentistry. Individuals with damaged or broken teeth can benefit from having dental veneers placed. They work to restore teeth that are in bad shape and improve the appearance of stained, cracked or chipped teeth. With any cosmetic dentistry procedure, comes questions. In the case of dental…

Recent Posts

FAQs &#    ; Dental Veneers Procedure

FAQs - Dental Veneers Procedure

Dental Veneers are a popular treatment option offered in cosmetic dentistry. Individuals with damaged or broken teeth can benefit from having dental veneers placed. They work to restore teeth that are in bad shape and improve the appearance of stained, cracked or chipped teeth. With any cosmetic dentistry procedure, comes questions. In the case of dental…

A Family Dentist Discusses The Importance Of Oral Hygiene Care

A Family Dentist Discusses The Importance Of Oral Hygiene Care

Family dentists are a great source of information when it comes to how to properly take care of oral health. They are trained in general dentistry, which makes them experts at helping patients of all ages practice good oral hygiene. Choosing to have a family dentist oversee one’s oral health is something many families are deciding…