What is a tooth extraction?
During a tooth extraction, we surgically remove a tooth. At Odyssey Dental Care, we always take a preventive, non-invasive approach to treatment, and therefore only perform tooth extractions in cases where a damaged tooth threatens the health of the other teeth in your mouth.
This procedure is commonly referred to as getting a tooth pulled and may be considered a dental emergency.
Why would I need to have a tooth pulled?
Our Winnipeg dentists prefer to avoid tooth extractions as missing teeth can cause other dental health issues that are costly and time-consuming to fix. However, in some situations the procedure is necessary. Here are a few cases:
The tooth is severely decayed or infected
For a tooth with a small cavity, we can use a filling to restore its function and appearance if the decay is caught early enough.
However, if decay has advanced and caused a severe infection, it may be difficult or impossible to restore to its original condition with a root canal and/or crown, leaving extraction as the only alternative treatment method.
The tooth has been fractured or severely damaged
A sudden injury to the mouth - such as while playing sports or during a fall – can result in a broken, chipped or knocked-out tooth. Not only is this painful, it is more vulnerable to infection and decay.
Additionally, a fractured tooth with jagged edges can cause harm to your mouth’s inner tissues, including your lips, tongue and cheeks. Your dentist may need to pull it and replace the tooth with a dental implant or other treatment.
Your teeth have become overcrowded
Teeth can start to grow in at different times which can result in misalignments. It’s also possible that a tooth has shifted into the wrong position or become misaligned.
Whatever the reason, crowded teeth can become uncomfortable and cause you to become more susceptible to decay as it’s difficult to adequately clean them. Your jaw may start to feel sore. Your dentist may recommend having the tooth pulled.
Gum disease which has turned into loose teeth
Advanced gum disease (periodontal disease) can cause your teeth to become lose and even fall out. Though our Winnipeg dentists do everything in their power to help you avoid losing teeth to decay or disease, when teeth become loose the only treatment option may be extraction.
What can I do if my tooth needs to be extracted?
If your dentist does have to perform a tooth extraction, you have a few tooth replacement options after the procedure is complete. Depending on your specific case, your dentist may recommend a dental crown, dental bridge, dentures or dental implants.
At Odyssey Dental Care, we take the time to explain procedures and treatment options in detail and why we are recommending them. Don’t hesitate to contact us for advice about concerning symptoms or potential treatments.