If you have ever previously suffered with the stress and strain of dental extraction, it is natural to feel apprehensive. However, despite the discomfort, delaying dental treatment can see the problems that required extraction worsen, or even spread to other teeth. If you would like to avoid such a serious issue, then you might want to look out for the following four red flags that dental extraction is needed.
Dental work requires constant supervision and regular check-ups. When, though, might you need to admit defeat and seek out medical assistance from your dentist?
The tooth is rotting/rotted
The main reason to go for dental extraction is that the tooth itself has rotted to the point of no return. When a tooth chips, for example, it opens the tooth up to extensive risk of damage, decay, and eventual loss. Once a tooth reaches this point, it might become so significant that extraction is the only real option to help provide you with relief.
Most dentists will look to use dental restoration, even including the use of implants and crowns, prior to extraction. However, should the problem be so severe, extraction might be the only option.
Your teeth have grown in incorrectly
This is a common problem, when teeth come in and end up overlapping other teeth along the way. If you would like to avoid that problem, then you should definitely look to have your teeth checked over for potential signs of crowding. This is common in orthodontics and might require a tooth to be extracted to make space for other teeth.
While most orthodontic care treatments will look to straighten out all of your teeth, this is not always possible and thus might require extraction for the good of your other teeth.
Your teeth are impacted
Impacted teeth is related to the above, and often comes when a tooth is twisted or comes in at an uncomfortable angle. This displacement can be damaging to other teeth and can often come from a jaw not being wide enough to accommodate all of the teeth you have at present.
This is a common reason for having to undergo dental extraction. When teeth are being impacted to their detriment, it is often better to consider full removal as opposed to putting up with the problem for any length of time as it might lead to other teeth becoming damaged.
Your gums are diseased
Finally, you should look out for a tooth to be extracted when your gums have become decayed and infected thanks to its presence. This can cause serious damage to the gum tissue and even the bone support for the tooth itself. This will make the tooth loose and it will likely cause the tooth to fall out on their own – or force extraction.
This would then require extensive gum treatment afterward to help cleanse the gum and try to restore as much as can be fixed. This, though, is a serious issue that is worth undertaking treatment for.
As you can imagine, dental care and treatment requires a very specific approach to treatment. With that in mind, you might wish to focus on knowing when a dental extraction is needed before committing to losing a tooth outright. All of the above scenarios, then, are common reasons why dental extraction might have to be considered.