When all other options to save your tooth have been exhausted, our Market Dental dentists may decide tooth extraction is the best solution. Some of the most common reasons why you may need to have a tooth extracted include:
Fractured Tooth Beneath The Gum Line
If the tooth has fractured beneath the gum line, it’ll need to be removed as there is no way to fix the fracture. When we chew food, our teeth absorb a lot of the impact. Your lower molars (back teeth) are especially more vulnerable to being fractured if you have an improper bite. You may also be at higher risk for a fractured tooth after a root canal, which is why we typically recommend a dental crown to strengthen the treated tooth.
Severe Tooth Decay
If a tooth has a large cavity that can’t be fixed with a filling or crown, your Market Dental dentist, Dr. Stephen Koczerginski, may suggest a tooth extraction. This happens when tooth decay reaches the center of the tooth which is the pulp. The bacteria produced by the decay can invade the pulp and cause an infection beyond repair. To save a tooth, there has to be enough tooth matter left after the decay has been drilled out and removed.
Advanced Periodontal Disease
Periodontitis is an advanced form of gum disease that can cause receding gum lines and increased pockets around teeth. Periodontal disease is irreversible. Tooth loss happens when there isn’t enough gum tissue left to hold teeth in place.
If you have more teeth than what can fit in your jaw, your orthodontist may suggest extracting some teeth to prevent crowding and achieve a straight smile.
Stuck Baby Tooth
Once in a while, a baby tooth may get lodged between the teeth on either side. When the adult tooth erupts through the gum line, the baby tooth is then unable to fall out the way it should. While most baby teeth will fall out when they’re ready, a baby tooth that’s stuck may need some extra help.
When an accident, like a car collision, happens and the patient requires dental treatment, the first option is always to preserve the teeth. Dental bonding, crowns, bridges or veneers may be recommended. However, if the dental issue is dreadful, a tooth extraction may be required.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure. Wisdom teeth (also called third molars) are located in the back of your mouth and don’t erupt through the gum line until age 17 to 25. While some people are able to live with their wisdom teeth with no problem, others have theirs removed to prevent crowding.
If dental x-rays show wisdom teeth that are coming in crooked (impacted), your Toronto dentist, Dr. Stephen Koczerginski, will recommend wisdom teeth removal. Wisdom tooth extraction may also be necessary if there isn’t enough room in your jaw to accommodate the extra teeth.
Simple wisdom tooth extractions are performed within the comfort of our Toronto dental office. If the surgery is more complex you will be referred to a Toronto dental specialist to perform the oral surgery necessary to extract your wisdom teeth.
Recovery after wisdom tooth surgery is generally quite straightforward, but you are likely to experience pain and swelling, particularly in the first 2 days. Rarely, complications can occur, such as poor healing of the tooth socket or nerve injury.
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