A tooth extraction is the last thing anybody wants for their teeth. Nobody wants to have a hole in their mouth. However, there are certain instances in which a tooth extraction is called for.
At Smiles Nambour, we understand how important it is to save your natural teeth. Rest assured that we only recommend tooth extractions when it is best for you.
Common Reasons For Tooth Extractions
Severe tooth decay
Bacteria from plaque and tartar deposits attack the teeth enamel creating cavities. Poor dental hygiene and neglect can lead to tooth decay, and eventually extraction
The bacteria not only attack enamel, they also infect pulp. Once the infection reaches the pulp, a dental abscess forms. Unfortunately, a dental abscess does not heal on its own, only your dentist can treat it. Delayed treatment can lead to an extraction.
Impacted wisdom tooth
Sometimes a wisdom tooth may not properly erupt due to blockage or lack of space. When this happens, the impacted tooth may push the other teeth, leading to other dental issues. An impacted wisdom tooth is usually associated with swollen and bleeding gums near the wisdom tooth, pain in the jaw, bad breath, and swelling of the jaw.
Straightening crooked teeth and correcting malocclusion may require an extraction.
Gum disease, when left untreated, can cause gum pockets to deepen causing loose teeth and eventual tooth loss.
These cases show that most tooth extractions can be avoided given proper care and attention. Schedule a check-up with your Smiles Nambour dentist to keep tabs on your teeth’s health.
The Tooth Extraction Process
Before the extraction, your medical history will be looked into. Previous conditions will be taken into account before the procedure.
An X-ray will be used to determine the best way to extract the tooth. If the tooth is visible, a simple extraction is done. For a surgical extraction, a small incision in the gums is made. The incision will be closed using stitches which dissolve after a few days.
Benefits Of Tooth Extraction
A tooth extraction is only recommended when it is the best for you. It has the following benefits:
- Prevents decay from spreading to the other teeth.
- Stops possible dental issues from an impacted wisdom tooth.
- Prepares your mouth for orthodontics work.
- Prevents spread of infection.
- Aligns the teeth in the case of crowded teeth.
Secure Tooth Extractions At Smiles Nambour
There are cases which call for a tooth extraction. Rest assured that before we resort to an extraction, your Smiles Nambour dentist will explore all possible options.
Should you ever need one, we assure you that our tooth extractions follow a step-by-step procedure for optimum security and safety.
Call (07) 5441 4438 or visit us at 4/104 Currie St., in Nambour.