Many tend to think that permanent teeth are mean to last for a lifetime. However, sometimes as a last resort, dentists have to remove these teeth. So, let’s discover some common causes of tooth extraction.
#1. Traumatic Damage
Your teeth are often some of the first causalities in an accident. For instance, whether it involves being in a car accident or receiving a blow to the face, such accidents can undoubtedly wreak havoc on your teeth and as a result, the patient requires immediate dental treatment. Obviously, the first option is always to preserve the teeth and dental bonding, crowns, bridges or veneers are often recommended.
However, in some cases where the tooth is too damaged to be saved, tooth extraction is the only solution left as otherwise the damaged tooth can be severely infected and then require another dental procedure called root canal treatment that can be really painful.
Generally, there are two types of damage that may require tooth extraction:
- A tooth luxation: This refers to a displacement of the tooth from its normal position.
- A tooth fracture: A break or crack in the hard shell of the tooth.
At Happy Family Cosmetic Dentistry, you will be provided with exceptional treatments and the damaged area will go through a thorough examination before the team of experts concludes whether you need a tooth extraction or not.
#2. Teeth Overcrowding
Overcrowding is when your teeth are too big to fit correctly into your mouth and this can cause your teeth and your well-aligned smile to become crooked. However, this can be treated with orthodontia, which is a type of treatment that deals with the correction of the abnormalities of the teeth and jaw. However, for this branch of dentistry to be effective, there needs to be enough room in your mouth for your teeth to move. However, when the teeth are too crowded and there is not enough space to straighten the alignment of your teeth, the orthodontist may recommend a tooth extraction.
It is also important to note that tooth extraction for overcrowded teeth is most frequently recommended and performed on children and teenagers rather than adults.
A tooth is impacted when it is blocked from coming out of the gums into its intended place. It can either be because of the gums which failed to erupt completely and allow the tooth to grow up or something is blocking and preventing the tooth from emerging as it is supposed to. The tooth is then vulnerable to infection, swollen, tender or even bleeding gums. Some people who experienced this condition claimed that they had pain and swelling around their jaws and difficulty in opening their mouths.
It is very common for the wisdom teeth, the third molars that usually grow in until adulthood, to become impacted. For example, as there is not enough space in the mouth for the wisdom teeth to grow upright, they grow inward toward the rest of the teeth. In these cases, it is better to remove the wisdom teeth as soon as possible to prevent any further harm to the other teeth.
#4. Periodontal or Gum Disease
Periodontal disease can be defined as an infection of the gums, periodontal ligaments, alveolar bone and other structures surrounding the teeth and if left untreated, this disease can be as harmful as tooth decay. For instance, in the earliest stage of periodontal disease, called gingivitis, the gums can become swollen, red and may also bleed.
Now, a severe periodontal disease can deteriorate your gums and teeth, resulting in the loosening of a tooth and when this happens, a tooth extraction is the only possible dental option.
#5. Severe Tooth Decay
In general, tooth decay is the most common reason for a tooth extraction. When a tooth decay reaches the center of the tooth, which is the pulp, it makes it more vulnerable to bacterial infection, further intensifying the pain, swelling and redness. And, hence if the tooth decay reaches a point where the tooth cannot be saved, oral surgeons recommend a removal.
If you are looking for a painless and safe tooth extraction, contact Happy Family Cosmetic Dentistry.