No one wants to lose a tooth, but sometimes an extraction is the best solution. Smyrna, GA, dentist Dr. Michael Nguyen of Highland Dental shares a few situations in which tooth extractions are recommended.
Your tooth fractured
Fractures can occur if your tooth is damaged due to an auto accident or blow to the mouth, but may also happen if you have a crack in your tooth. Although fractures can be treated and repaired with root canal therapy and a crown, those treatments may not be helpful in some cases. If the break in your tooth is severe or the fracture extends into the root, removing the tooth will be the only option.
You have wisdom teeth pain
Impacted or partially impacted teeth can cause pain as they try to push through tissue and bone to erupt. If your mouth is too small, there just won't be enough room for this third set of molars to ever erupt. Extracting the teeth ends your pain and also helps you avoid nerve damage and damage to other teeth that can occur due to partially or fully impacted wisdom teeth. Erupted wisdom teeth may also need to be removed if they're damaged, infected or decayed.
You have extensive tooth decay
Sometimes cavities are so large that they destroy much of the healthy structure of your teeth. When cavities are too big to be restored by fillings or crowns, the tooth may need to be extracted.
You will be getting braces soon
Your Smyrna dentist may recommend tooth extraction before you receive braces. If you have too many teeth and not enough room in your mouth, extracting a few teeth may be a necessary step in the orthodontic process.
Your tooth is infected
Root canal therapy and a course of antibiotics can often relieve inflammation and infection caused by a dental abscess. If the infection persists or the tooth is badly damaged by decay, an extraction may be the best option.
Tooth extractions can help improve your oral health and end pain caused by impacted wisdom teeth, decay or abscesses. If you're concerned about a problem tooth, call Smyrna, GA, dentist Dr. Michael Nguyen of Highland Dental at (678) 305-9916 to schedule an appointment.