Why Tooth Extraction Is Sometimes Necessary [BLOG]
Today we want to talk about a tough topic: removing a tooth. We know it might seem counterintuitive, but this step is often the best thing you can do in order to save the rest of your smile. The main thing that we want you to take away from this post is that you can get a comfortable tooth extraction procedure followed by a lifelike tooth replacement treatment right here at our Snellville, GA dental office. Keep reading to hear more about that process and then be sure to follow up with our team about scheduling a consultation with one of our doctors. Or you can skip to the end and call us right now at [phone]!
The Causes Are Many
Dangerous bacteria is always on the loose in your mouth, and is already there before your first baby tooth arrives. Unfortunately, this bacteria can be the root cause of several major oral health concerns.
You see, that bacteria forms the plaque that can eat right into your tooth’s enamel. This can lead to cavities. If the decay is not removed and filled, bacteria can eat through the enamel and the softer layer of dentin underneath. Eventually, they can reach the pulp causing an extremely painful infection. This situation might necessitate a root canal. But in the worst cases, the only way to work through the problem may well be through a tooth extraction.
Unanticipated accidental injuries can also cause teeth to crack or break. This, in turn, can expose the inner layers of a tooth to bacteria, leading to an infection. At the same time, an injury can weaken the tooth to a point where it becomes painful to bite or chew with that particular tooth. This is another scenario in which tooth removal may be necessary to avoid more painful and costly problems.
You get the idea, right? So, what can be done if you find yourself in need of an extraction?
Reasonable Replacement Options
No matter what led to your tooth loss or extraction, living with an empty slot in your smile can invite other problems in. Your teeth can begin to drift out of their established positions changing your bite and bringing more disruptions to the appearance of your smile. Worse yet, below your gum-line, your jawbone will start losing bone density. This is because you no longer have a root in that part of your jaw to provide the stimulation needed to continue making new bone tissue.
Don’t worry, we have found that replacing your missing tooth is one sure way to prevent these occurances from making your oral health issues even worse than they were to begin with.
One way to replace missing teeth is through a dental bridge. A bridge is bonded to the teeth on each side of the gap in your mouth. It closes the gap to give you a complete smile and the ability to chew comfortably.
Another option to have us place a dental implant or mini implant in your jaw. Once your implant is in place, we can attach a lifelike dental crown to replace your extracted tooth. The implant provides an added benefit as well. By replacing the root of your tooth, it will encourage your jaw to keep making new tissue. This can keep your jaw healthy.
Don’t Delay, Call To Save Your Smile Today
While removing a tooth could be necessary at some point in life, living with a missing tooth is not optimal for your health. So, please call Parkway Dental in Snellville, GA today at 770-676-1122 or fill out our online form to schedule your tooth extraction or tooth replacement consultation appointment. We’ll help you figure out a plan that makes the most sense for your current needs and budget.