In this post, our Comox dentists share signs that could indicate the need for tooth extraction and the steps you should take during this possible dental emergency.
What Are Tooth Extractions?
During a tooth extraction, a tooth is surgically removed. At Comox Valley Dental Centre, we always take a preventive, non-invasive approach when it comes 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 Patients Need Tooth Extractions
Our Comox dentists also 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:
Serious Tooth Decay or Infection
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 a severe infection has developed, it may be difficult or impossible to restore it to its original condition with a root canal and/or crown, leaving extraction as the only alternative treatment method.
Severe Tooth Damage or Fracture
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, but it is also more vulnerable to infection and decay.
Additionally, a fractured tooth with jagged edges can harm your mouth’s inner tissues, including your lips, tongue, and cheeks. Your dentist might have to pull it and replace the tooth with a dental implant or other treatment.
Some teeth may erupt at different times, resulting in disproportionate growth. It’s also possible that a tooth has shifted into the wrong position or become misaligned.
Whatever the reason, crowded teeth can become painful and be more susceptible to decay as it’s difficult to keep them clean. Your jaw may start to feel sore. Your dentist may recommend having the tooth pulled.
Loose Teeth Due To Gum Disease
Advanced gum disease (periodontal disease) can result in loose teeth and tooth loss. While our Comox dentists will do everything they can to help you avoid losing teeth to decay or disease, when teeth are loose extraction may be the only option.
What To Do If You Require a Tooth Extraction
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 Comox Valley Dental Centre, 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 concerning symptoms or potential treatments.