Identifying when a Tooth Extraction Might be Necessary
Dentists use a range of different methods to treat oral health diseases. They try by all means to preserve your teeth, however, there are cases where you might need an emergency tooth extraction. NYC dentists may resort to this in the following circumstances: trauma or accidents, periodontal diseases, and overcrowding, just to mention a few.
Extraction can be performed by a general dentist and involves removing the tooth from its socket in the jawbone. Some dental conditions may arise unexpectedly and warrant emergency extraction, but maintaining good oral hygiene and attending regular check-ups with a trusted dentist can help identify problems early, in order to avoid such drastic measures.
There are clear, telltale signs that indicate whether you might need a tooth extraction or not, and this article will help you with that.
1. Severe Tooth Decay
Severe tooth decay causes damage that cannot be treated with other methods, such as dental fillings or root canal treatment. This is due to the bacteria causing infection to the pulp; at its most severe, it may cause infection to other teeth and the surrounding tissue. Removing the affected tooth as soon as possible is necessary to prevent the infection from spreading any further.
Overcrowding is when there are too many teeth than the jaw can accommodate. Removing some of these may be necessary to create enough space between them and reduce the problem of overlap. It can also be used as a method to help realign your teeth, and this may be recommended and performed by an orthodontist.
3. After a Trauma or Accident
Sometimes trauma or accidents, such as a car collision, can cause severe damage to your teeth. Dentists will try other means before resorting to extraction – such as bridges or crowns – however, if the trauma causes damage that cannot be repaired by any other methods available, extraction is necessary.
4. Periodontal Diseases (Gum diseases)
Periodontal diseases are bacterial infections of the gums, the jaw bone, and the periodontal ligaments. In the advanced stages, this infection causes loose or wobbly teeth, leading to tooth loss. If and when they become loose and on the verge of falling out, removal is necessary.
Gingivitis, which is a very common condition in both adults and children, is an early stage of periodontal disease. Without proper oral health care and regular dental visits it may advance, causing patients to require emergency tooth extraction. NYC Health Department states that about 60% of adults are at increased risk of gingivitis due to diabetes, tobacco, and the consumption of sugary drinks.
5. Impacted Wisdom teeth
Sometimes wisdom teeth fail to come through properly or completely, causing pain and discomfort. In other cases it can cause overcrowding. Damage to other areas of your mouth may ensue, so to prevent this from happening, extraction is required to reduce the risk of infection and overcrowding.
Oral health diseases or issues discussed in this article can cause pain and discomfort, and some are even life-threatening. Only a professional practitioner can provide a clear, thorough diagnosis, and recommendation regarding the treatment that you need. It is therefore important to attend dental checkups with a regular, trusted dentist to prevent and detect diseases early and, if necessary, recommend and carry out emergency tooth extraction. NYC residents have an excellent range of professional dentists available at their disposal – so there’s no excuse for bad oral health.
Ellen Smythe is a Practice Manager at Smile Arts of NY, a dental office that provides the best care and advanced modern cosmetic dental procedures, including teeth whitening, porcelain crowns, veneers, Invisalign, dental implants and emergency treatments. If you need an emergency tooth extraction, NYC based Smile Arts can help for that as well. We have been helping New York City residents achieve the look and care they’ve always wanted with their state-of-the-art, affordable dental services since 2010.