The Truth About Your Tooth

3 Scenarios When Tooth Extractions Make The Most Sense

A tooth extraction is never the go-to solution for a dentist. It is instead an option that is only considered when all other methods have been exhausted. So, contrary to what some people might believe, your dentist wants to keep you with your teeth. However, again, sometimes the procedure is absolutely necessary.

1. Overcrowding

Another myth associated with tooth extractions is the idea the procedure is only performed when an individual has neglected their oral health. However, extraction help with overcrowding, which can occur for a multitude of reasons, including genetics, as well. Overcrowding leads to shifting that follows a domino effect and causes discomfort.

To prevent further shifting and improve the appearance of the smile, a dentist may recommend that a patient have a tooth removed to help alleviate the pressure caused by the overcrowding. Relieving the pressure can also help alleviate any discomfort the patient is experiencing. 

2. Fractures

Fortunately, minor fractures are a problem that a dentist can counteract if treatment is sought in a timely manner. However, for more severe fractures, this is not always the case. Fractures that run in a vertical fashion, as well as those that extend to the tooth's root, typically fall in the severe category. 

A tooth with a severe fracture can be incredibly painful and if the root is exposed, there is an increased risk of the site becoming infected, which can cause a multitude of issues. In this scenario, the benefits of extracting the tooth offer a much better outcome than the risks involved with keeping it. 

3. Decay

One of the more common scenarios in which extraction is recommended is in the case of severe decay. Saliva is home to a number of bacteria. When the saliva mixes with the contents of the leftover food in your mouth, plaque can form. Plaque targets the teeth and leads to a troublesome issue known as decay.

Good oral hygiene and regular visits to the doctor help minimize the impact of plaque, but when it is not managed, decay can essentially destroy the tooth from the inside out. Teeth in this state can become discolored and even die, which is why extraction is often recommended early on. 

The above represent just a handful of the scenarios when extraction is considered the best course of treatment, so keep this in mind. A conversation with your oral health provider will help you determine if this option is best for you, and why. For more information on dental extractions, contact a professional near you.