We know you don’t want to hear about this topic. It pains us to have to talk about it with you. At Spektor Dental, we want to do everything we can to save all of your teeth. However, sometimes we can’t save a tooth. We have no choice but to extract a tooth. Let us take a few minutes of your time to talk to you about extractions and why they are important.
What Is An Extraction?
An extraction is when we have to remove a tooth. Sometimes, we need to take a tooth out. To do that, we deaden your mouth with numbing gel and medication. After you are pain-free, we will use a tool to dislodge your tooth and remove it.
In many cases, you will be in less pain than before you had your tooth removed. Extractions of teeth can happen at any age. Sometimes, we have to remove baby teeth. We also remove teeth from adults in their 70s and beyond.
Why Might An Extraction Be Necessary?
There are several reasons why we might need to extract a tooth. Often we have to remove a tooth because it has been damaged due to accident or injury. You may have taken a blow to the mouth playing in the company softball game. We had a patient once who got kicked in the mouth by one of his children during a pretend wrestling match. Sometimes when accidents happen, we can fix a tooth, especially if it was displaced, but not broken off. Teeth can break so severely that we have no choice but to remove your teeth.
We also sometimes have to remove a tooth because of tooth decay. A damaged tooth begins with bacteria. The bacteria form plaque on your teeth. While plaque can be brushed away, over time, it can harden and form tartar. It can also cause cavities, which are tiny holes in your teeth. If you don’t care for them and get your cavity filled, the cavity will continue to grow until it reaches the tooth pulp, which is the first time you might start to feel pain. At that point, we may be able to save your tooth with a root canal. However, your tooth might end up being too infected to save. If that is the case, we might need to pull this tooth to save your other teeth.
Bacteria can also cause gum disease. Gum disease is an infection of your gumline instead of your tooth. Bacteria can create tartar along your gumline. Tartar can only be cleaned off your gumline with dental instruments. Bacteria can cause inflammation of your gums, which is the beginning stage of gum disease. If the disease is left untreated, the gum disease will create pockets of infection all along your gumline.
Over time, the infection will cause your gum tissue to disappear, which means your teeth are not anchored properly. You may lose teeth and gum tissue at the same time. This means that we may have to extract one tooth to save both the other teeth and part of your gumline.
If you are worried that you might need a tooth extraction, instead of worrying, why not give Spektor Dental a call at (425) 247-3629.