Do you have a tooth that you think may need to be removed? Severely infected or decayed teeth can cause terrible toothaches, pain in your jaw, and other discomfort. Your toothache may even get to the point where it disturbs your daily activities.
A throbbing, aching toothache can keep you awake late into the night, leaving you tired and grumpy the next day. Your toothache can harm your concentration, affecting your performance at work or school. And eating? With a toothache, that can become the most painful part of your day.
Although we always try to save your teeth, there are some situations in which we have no choice but to remove your tooth. In today’s post we’re going to look at the five most common reasons why a tooth has to be extracted. Then we’ll tell you want you can expect if you need a dental extraction.
Reason #1: Severe Decay. We will always see if a tooth can be saved with a filling or a dental crown. But your tooth may need to be removed if it is decayed to the point where it causes constant discomfort, and runs the risk of infecting your surrounding teeth or jawbone.
Reason #2: Gum Disease. Advanced gum disease causes your teeth to loosen, and puts them at risk for falling out. When you’ve already started to suffer from bone loss, we may need to remove a tooth to protect your overall oral health.
Reason #3: Infection. Normally infections can be removed from a tooth with a pain-free root canal. But if the infection has started to spread to your surrounding teeth or jawbone, we’ll have to remove the tooth.
Reason #4: Fracture. When a tooth breaks or becomes fractured, we can often restore it to health. But if the break or fracture is not treated quickly, it can run down into the root of your tooth. Because this can cause a severe infection, we may need to remove the tooth.
Reason #5: Impaction. Your wisdom teeth may not erupt from your gums, or may do so at angle that causes discomfort or damage to your other teeth. In this case we may recommend you have your wisdom teeth extracted. We can perform this advanced procedure right here in our comfortable and modern office.
What to Expect During a Dental Extraction
Having a tooth extracted isn’t that scary, especially when you consider the fact that it will relieve your pain. We will numb you with a local anesthesia to prevent any discomfort, and we can also provide sedation dentistry services. Nitrous oxide sedation, oral sedation, and IV sedation are all available at our office.
Most dental extractions are relatively quick procedures, although extraction of impacted wisdom teeth is a lengthier process. We’ll provide you with detailed aftercare instructions to help your tooth heal quickly. You should be fully recovered with a couple of weeks.
After your tooth has healed, we may recommend that you have the gap in your smile filled with a dental restoration. We offer both dental bridges and dental implants. Dental bridges use a series of dental crowns to support a false tooth in place of your missing tooth. Dental implants are an article tooth root which fully supports a dental crown to replace the missing tooth.
Make An Appointment
Are you in a lot of pain? Do you think you may need to have a dental extraction? Then call Advanced Dental Associates in San Antonio, TX. You can reach our office at 210-819-5233. If possible, we’ll restore the health of your tooth. But if necessary, we can provide you with a pain-free and comfortable dental extraction.