Posted on 9/20/2019 by Fern Creek Dentistry
|One of the questions that we hear a lot is, “my dentist recommended I need to have a tooth removed, do I need to have it removed?” Having a tooth removed can be a scary prospect.
There is fear of the procedure, then depending on which tooth it is, it can affect your self-esteem, eating and swallowing, and lead to further procedures. There are a variety of factors that go into choosing to have a tooth extracted.
What Are the Main Reasons to Have a Tooth Extracted?
Starting with your wisdom teeth, they are the most common teeth that are extracted. There are different reasons wisdom teeth need to be removed, the most common is because they do not have enough room to grow in your mouth properly and will cause problems if they continue to grow. Your wisdom teeth can grow at various angles, even horizontally at times.
If your tooth has experience decay extensively so a crown cannot be built, the remainder of the tooth that is embedded will need to come out to avoid infection. If you have gum disease and particular teeth are red, hurting, enlarged, or they bleed frequently when you brush, you may have an infection that leads to having the tooth pulled. When you don't have enough room for a tooth and it is misaligning your other teeth, it's called, “crowding.” Removal will keep your other teeth straight.
What Are the Benefits of a Tooth Extraction?
As difficult as it is to decide to have your tooth pulled, removing it has benefits. It is much cheaper than surgical options that still may not work to save the tooth. Having it removed helps prevent further decay of surrounding teeth. It helps with overcrowding issues, which cause all of your other teeth to misalign.
Misaligned teeth are at further risk for gum disease and tooth decay because general protections like floss, brushing and mouthwash may not be able to reach all the bacteria tightly pinched between your teeth. If you are dead set against an extraction. Ask if a root canal is possible. If it's not you can ask to be referred to an endodontist. They are expensive; however they may have further options with surgery.
Anytime you have to make a choice involving your health, it can be a daunting proposition. Our staff understands this, and we approach these types of decisions with the utmost empathy and experience. We are here to help you make the right call and walk you through the process. If you are in a position like some of the ones we have mentioned here above, please give us a call, we would be happy to give you a second opinion on what we feel is available for your teeth.
By far the best dentist in Statesville! My teeth are doing so much better since I started coming here! Extractions are cheap and reasonable if you don’t have insurance. Thank you Fern Creek Dentistry for making my teeth better!
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