At our Rochester, MN dental office, we believe in saving your natural teeth whenever possible. That’s why we offer fillings, crowns, and root canals. Those can repair damage, remove infections, and keep your teeth where they belong. That said, a tooth extraction procedure does need to be done sometimes. Here are six reasons why a tooth cannot be saved and a tooth extraction is the only treatment option left.
1. A cavity has gotten so bad, even a dental crown will not save the tooth.
Tooth decay is one of the most common problems you can have with your teeth. Almost everybody has a cavity at some point in their life. That’s why those twice-yearly appointments are so important. If you can get a cavity spotted early enough, it’s easier to treat. When the cavity is small, we can repair it with a filling. If a cavity is too big for a filling, we can switch to a dental crown.
Until that cavity is taken care of, it will continue to grow. If tooth decay is allowed to grow unchecked, it will damage more enamel than even a crown can repair. These teeth are literally falling apart. The bacteria causing the problem have grown too far. The only option left is to extract what’s left of the tooth.
2. An infection in the dental pulp has was ignored for too long.
The same bacteria behind tooth decay can slip inside your tooth. The most likely reason? The cavity broke through to the pulp inside your tooth. That allowed the bacteria to infect where all of a tooth’s nerve endings can be found. Yes, that’s as painful as it sounds.
Root canals can remove the infection and save the tooth. Some people fear root canals are painful (they are not) and try ignoring the problem. It may not come as a surprise to learn bacterial infections don’t go away on their own. If not treated, the infection will destroy the pulp and kill the tooth. Extraction is the only choice at that point.
3. Gum disease might have made a tooth so loose, extracting it makes sense.
Gum disease is very widespread in America. Many adults have it without realizing it. When infected, your gums will start to pull away from your teeth. More and more of your teeth are exposed. Eventually, your teeth will start to get loose and will soon fall out.
If you have any teeth loose because of gum disease, there’s not much left to do. The damage is done. Leaving the tooth in there will only cause you pain. Extracting the tooth is sad, but the tooth is going to come out anyway. It’s best to get rid of it now and save you pain and discomfort.
4. You had an injury or accident bad enough to break a tooth.
You cannot prevent any and all accidents. Sure, you can wear an athletic mouthguard when active. You can also keep your teeth clean to help keep them strong. Still, life happens. If you get a crack or chip in your tooth, there are several things we can do. Veneers and crowns often seal up such damage and stop it from getting any worse.
But sometimes the damage is severe. If you have broken a tooth or split it down the middle, there’s not much we can do. Removing what’s left is the only way to get relief from the pain.
5. Your wisdom teeth are coming in wrong.
Your third molars usually come in around your late teen and early 20s. When they finally arrive, they usually cause problems. Many push up against your other molars. This can knock your teeth out of alignment and increase your chances of getting cavities back there. In these cases, a wisdom teeth extraction is the best option. You don’t need them, so if they’re creating problems, why not get rid of them?
6. You have too many teeth, and your smile looks crowded.
Your smile is supposed to be full of healthy teeth. They are designed to be right up against each other. However, sometimes things don’t go as planned. One of your baby teeth might not come out. You could also have more permanent teeth than you should. Both will make your smile look crowded and unattractive. The only plan that will work in that case is a tooth extraction procedure.
If you are worried that you might need a tooth extraction, call us today at 507-315-2932. We will go over all of your options to save a tooth. But if a tooth extraction procedure is needed, we can help with that as well.