Three Signs It Might Be Time for An Extraction
It may surprise you to learn that "pulling teeth" is no longer a common treatment procedure in dentistry. As dental restoration technology evolves, extractions become less necessary. However, there are certain instances in which an extraction is necessary. At Green Valley Dental Center in Henderson, Nevada, these four reasons sometimes necessitate the removal of a tooth.
Crowded or Impacted teeth
Occasionally the size of a person's permanent teeth doesn't correspond with the spaces in which they have to grow. When this happens, the oversized teeth can push others out of alignment when they come in; others will be unable to grow in at all and become stuck under the surface of the gums. This is a common occurrence with wisdom teeth. For this reason, dentists like Dr. Brad Wilbur and Dr. Emily Ishkanian at Green Valley Dental Center in Henderson often recommend extraction. This helps to save the alignment and function of the other teeth, as well as prevent the possibility of infection from a tooth that is partially trapped, or impacted, under the gums.
Your Henderson dentist will make every effort to save teeth that have suffered damage from accidents, such as vehicular collisions or sports activities. However, sometimes the damage to a tooth is too extensive to place restorations. This is also true of teeth that have endured irreparable surface damage from decay. Extracting the tooth is often the most practical option in these cases.
Untreated dental decay
It's not a good idea to leave cavities untreated. As they advance, they provide an opening in a tooth for bacteria to enter the inner tissues. This leads to infection, which your Henderson dentist may be able to treat using endodontic therapy, also known as a root canal. However, the infection may be severe enough that the tooth is no longer viable and will need to be extracted to stop the infection from spreading.
Severe periodontal disease
The main loss of teeth for adults is severe periodontal disease. Waiting to initiate treatment or failing to maintain periodic recare appointments can result in infection and bones loss that necessitate extraction of teeth.
In the event your tooth needs to be extracted at Green Valley Dental Center for these or any other reasons, Dr. Wilbur or Dr. Ishkanian will discuss replacement options with you. If you're concerned about the health of one or more of your teeth, contact our office for an appointment today!