What are some signs you may need to have a tooth pulled? Our Woodbridge dentists list some symptoms - and what you should do next during this potential dental emergency.
What is a tooth extraction?
We surgically remove a tooth during a tooth extraction. We always take a preventive, non-invasive approach to treatment at dentalhouse Woodbridge Dental, and thus only perform tooth extractions when 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 would I need a tooth extraction?
Our Woodbridge 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:
The tooth is severely infected or decayed
For a tooth with a small cavity, we can use a filling to restore its function and appearance if the decay is caught early enough.
However, if decay has advanced and caused the severe infection, restoring to its original condition with a root canal and/or crown may be difficult or impossible, leaving extraction as the only alternative treatment method.
The tooth has endured severe damage or fractured
A sudden mouth injury, such as while playing sports or falling, can result in a broken, chipped, or knocked-out tooth. This is not only painful, but it also makes you more susceptible to infection 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 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 loose teeth
Advanced gum disease (periodontal disease) can result in tooth loss and loose teeth. Though our Woodbridge dentists will do everything possible to keep you from losing teeth due to decay or disease, when teeth become loose, extraction may be the only option.
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.
We take the time at dentalhouse Woodbridge Dental to explain procedures and treatment options in detail, as well as why we recommend them. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns about your symptoms or potential treatments.