When is it Necessary to Pull a Tooth?

When is it Necessary to Pull a Tooth?

Of course you want to retain and enjoy your natural teeth for as long as possible. It’s also your dentist’s goal to save as much of the natural tooth as possible, even when performing dental treatments. However, certain occasions may arise when it will become necessary to remove a tooth or teeth in order to maintain the overall health of the mouth. Your dentists at Desert Peak Family Dental in Glendale, AZ will be able to recommend when a tooth will need to come out.

Pain is often a concern when it becomes necessary to have a tooth pulled. Thanks to advancements in dentistry though, this procedure can now be done with any pain minimized using some form of sedation. In fact, the pain accompanying an infected tooth will generally be worse than the pain of the procedure, so it will be a relief to have the tooth out. So, what occasions would prompt the necessary removal of a tooth?

Tooth decay

When plaque accumulates on the teeth surface, bacteria living in the plaque produce acids that start to erode the tooth enamel. This will result in a cavity. It is usually treated with a dental filling, but if the decay is too severe, the tooth may need to be removed.

Gum disease

Bacteria in plaque can also cause damage to the gums. You will be able to tell that there’s something wrong if you notice that your gums have become red, swollen, or bleed when you brush or floss. These are common signs of gum disease. The gums could also start to pull away from the teeth, making them more unstable. Your dentist or a specialist called a periodontist will try to treat the gum disease, but advanced gum disease could result in tooth loss.

Misalignment of teeth

Your dentist may consider pulling out one or more teeth if there is not enough room in your mouth to fit all the teeth comfortably (there is crowding). Too many teeth could result in misalignment, which can affect the health of the teeth (because they become difficult to clean properly) and the bite.

Wisdom teeth

In many cases, wisdom teeth do not come in properly, either coming in at an angle or not all the way. There also may not be enough room for them. To avoid potential problems developing, wisdom teeth are often removed before they can become decayed, infected, or create a painful condition that is difficult to treat.

Immune system issues

Patients with a compromised immune system, such as those going through chemotherapy or an organ transplant, are generally more vulnerable to infections. This could put their dental health at risk in addition to their overall health and a dentist may be needed as part of their medical team.

What to expect during a tooth extraction

Once your dentist has decided that a tooth (or teeth) needs to be extracted, there are two methods for removing it. If the tooth is visible above the gum line, it may be removed using forceps in a simple extraction. However, if it is still located below the gum line, surgery will be required to access and remove it. This is called a surgical extraction.

What to do after a tooth extraction

There will usually be some mild discomfort following a tooth extraction. You may be prescribed painkillers and/or medication to prevent an infection. The site of the extraction will be tender for a while after the procedure and will have to be treated with care. You will receive specific instructions on what can be eaten and how to clean the site as it heals.

The professionals at Desert Peak Family Dental are available to help maintain your oral health. However, if it becomes necessary to extract a tooth in Glendale, AZ, you can have confidence in their knowledge and experience to receive a comfortable treatment.