While tooth extractions is a last resort procedure, there are some definite signs you might need to have a tooth pulled. Our Edmonton dentists list symptoms - and recommend what to do next in this potential emergency.
What is a tooth extraction?
During a tooth extraction, a dentist surgically removes a tooth. At Azarko Dental Clinics, our dentists take a preventive, non-invasive approach to treatment. That's why we only perform tooth extractions in cases where a damaged tooth threatens the health of other teeth in your mouth.
This procedure is also sometimes referred to as having a tooth pulled, and may be considered a dental emergency.
Why would I need a tooth extraction?
Tooth extractions lead to missing teeth and may cause other dental health issues that will be time-consuming and costly to repair. While our dentists in Edmonton prefer to avoid tooth extractions, sometimes the procedure is necessary. Here are a few circumstances where extraction may be the only option:
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 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 injury to the mouth - such as while playing sports or during a fall – can result in a broken, chipped or knocked out tooth. Not only is this painful, it is more vulnerable 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 lead to loose teeth
Advanced gum disease (periodontal disease) can lead to loose teeth and tooth loss. Though our Edmonton 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 Azarko Dental Clinics, 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.