The goal is always to preserve your teeth; however, there are circumstances in which a tooth extraction is not only necessary but can you help you preserve your other teeth and get rid of a painful disease. When this type of circumstance rises, the last thing you want to do is take matters into your own hands. You may have heard of home remedies for extracting a tooth. Not only are these tactics dangerous but they can indeed worsen your condition. The tools used could spread infection or leave you in pain for days or weeks. A professional tooth extraction, on the other hand, is safe and since anesthesia is used, pain is dramatically minimized. Additionally, a professional procedure allows you to heal within a few short days.
If you fall into one of these five categories, a tooth extraction could be a viable option:
1. Severe Tooth Decay
When bacteria makes its way to the center of the tooth, it produces what is known as decay. This decay eventually results in an infection. If the infection is not treated right away, an extraction may be necessary in order to prevent the infection from spreading. A root canal is often the first option presented to help treat the infection, however, many patients tend to wait until the pain has become unbearable and it is then that the infection has become too severe for a root canal.
2. Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is the infection of the gums, alveolar bone, periodontal ligaments, and other surrounding areas of the teeth. This disease begins as gingivitis, which infects the gums. This generally occurs from the build-up of bacteria from plaque that forms as a result of failing to brush your teeth or to use mouthwash hours after eating. At Lee Trevino Dental, we help our patients understand the importance of treating this disease and provide viable options to restore the health of your teeth, gums, and other areas of your mouth. We will assess whether a tooth extraction is the best option for you.
3. The Potential of Overcrowding
Prior to undergoing an orthodontic treatment, your orthodontist will asses whether there is room for teeth to move as they re-align or if the removal of teeth will be necessary in order to prevent overcrowding. Many people experience a tooth extraction for the first time prior to getting braces. Since crooked teeth have shifted, in order to create proper alignment, teeth generally located in the back of the mouth are removed to create space.
What to Do if You Fall in One of Those Categories
If you’re needing a tooth extraction, you should schedule an appointment at Lee Trevino Dental. We provide safe, comfortable and painless procedures! We are often recommended by local orthodontists because of our top-rated service. Our staff will ensure that you are provided the proper instructions prior to your appointment and what to do after the extraction. Give us a call today at 915-593-8815.