If you’re suffering from tooth pain or have an infection, extraction can provide relief. For more information about our tooth extraction dentistry in Grove City, please contact us today at (614) 871-0088.
Tooth decay & how it relates to tooth extraction
Tooth decay is mostly avoidable with proper oral healthcare. But if you’re already suffering from tooth decay, you’ll need to treat it. Most tooth decay can be treated with a filling, inlay, onlay or crown–if there is enough healthy tooth left to support one of these structures.
If there isn’t enough healthy tooth left, extraction becomes an option.
When is tooth extraction necessary?
There are several circumstances when tooth extraction becomes an option, if not absolutely necessary:
- Overcrowded mouth: For children, extractions can make room for incoming teeth. Prior to an orthodontic realignment, wisdom teeth or third molars can be removed to prevent crowding and discomfort.
- Trauma: Your teeth extend below the gumline. Getting hit in the mouth can break both the visible and invisible portion of a tooth. If the fracture is severe enough, extraction and replacement becomes the best choice.
- Decay: If tooth decay is far enough along, there might not be enough tooth left to support a crown, inlay or onlay.
- Gum disease: Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease results in the loosening of teeth because of bone and gum tissue recession.
- Infection: When root canal therapy and antibiotics can’t stop an infection or when a patient has a compromised immune system, extraction is necessary.
Diagnosis and treatment
Before knowing is an extraction is necessary, we’ll give a thorough exam, which usually includes X-rays. If a tooth can’t be saved, extraction as soon as possible is crucial to prevent infection.
Our doctors will take every step to ensure your comfort during this brief procedure. In most cases, we recommend replacing an extracted tooth to preserve the jawbone and stabilize your bite. We’ll talk with you about replacement options at the time of your examination.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please get in touch with us at (614) 871-0088.