Tooth Extraction is Not Our First Option
Losing even one tooth can cause a negative impact to your overall oral health. The most noticeable impact is the appearance of your smile but there are other disadvantages. Chewing your food may be more difficult with a missing tooth. Teeth are used when we speak and so missing a tooth can make it difficult to speak clearly. Having an empty space can also allow the jaw bone to start dissolving. We will make every effort possible to keep each tooth because of these reasons.
How Do I Avoid Tooth Extraction?
Once you know the negative impacts just one missing tooth can have, you become more diligent in caring for and protecting every single tooth. The first and most important thing to do to maintain healthy teeth and gums is daily, thorough oral hygiene. Brushing, flossing and rinsing regularly and properly is the best way to protect your teeth from extraction or other dental interventions.
Having regular office cleanings and exams is the second-best way to protect your teeth. Our staff may be able to spot a weakness in your oral hygiene routine. They can also find potential problems before they have a chance to develop into major problems.
When Is Extraction Necessary?
Taking the time every day to protect teeth is crucial but sometimes there still becomes a situation in which an extraction is the final and necessary option for a tooth. Tooth extraction may become necessary in the following scenarios:
- A tooth has been seriously fractured.
- A tooth has been severely impacted into the gums
- An infection or abscess has reached advanced stages
- Gum disease has reached advanced stages
- Tooth decay has reached advanced stages
What if an Extraction is Necessary?
Preserving and restoring every natural tooth is our goal. But there may come a time that extraction is the only option left. If that happens, we will use x-rays taken to determine the most effective and painless extraction possible. With many advances in dental technology and the knowledge, training and skill of your dentist, an extraction can be done with very little discomfort or pain.