Wondering how to tell if you might need to have a tooth pulled? Our dentists in Calgary list some signs - and what to do next during this potential dental emergency.
What is a tooth extraction?
A tooth is surgically removed during a tooth extraction. At Progressive Dental, our goal is always to take a preventive, non-invasive approach to treatment. This is why we only perform tooth extractions when a damaged tooth is threatening the health of other teeth.
This procedure is often referred to as having a tooth pulled and may be considered a dental emergency.
Why would I need a tooth extraction?
Our dentists in Calgary prefer to avoid tooth extractions since missing teeth can lead to other dental health issues that are costly and time-consuming to fix. That said, the procedure is necessary in some circumstances. Here are a few examples:
The tooth is severely infected or decayed
If decay is caught early enough, fillings are used on teeth with small cavities to restore appearance and function.
However, if decay has advanced and severe infection is present, it might be difficult or impossible to restore to its original condition with a crown or root canal, leaving extraction as the only alternative method of treatment.
The tooth has endured severe damage or fractured
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 are crowded
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.
Gum disease has lead to loose teeth
Advanced gum disease (periodontal disease) can lead to loose teeth and tooth loss. Though our Calgary 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 pulled?
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 Progressive Dental, 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.