When Would I Need a Tooth Extraction?
In our office, we've found that there are five reasons why a tooth has got to go. Figuring out if a tooth needs uprooting isn't like pulling teeth, as it's rather cut and dry. Here are a few conditions which can impact your chances of needing a tooth removal
Occurring most prevalently in molars, specifically the wisdom teeth, is when a tooth doesn't grow upright. Instead, it grows sideways, pressuring neighboring teeth, which causes pain and discomfort. The primary reason for this is that sometimes there isn't enough room for teeth to erupt naturally.
The primary risk factor here is tartar and plaque buildup. Bacteria like to grow on both of these accumulations, which is what contributes to enamel decay along with halitosis. Bad breath, also known as halitosis, affects a quarter of the world's population. Other symptoms of tooth decay include:
- Uncaused aches or pain
- Sensitivity to hot or cold food and drink
- Holes or pits in the enamel
- Discoloring (black, brown, or white)
- Painful to bite
Also known as gum disease, this is similar to tooth decay due to being caused by an accumulation of plaque and tartar on teeth. More of an umbrella term, this condition includes gingivitis and periodontitis.
Triggered by bacteria inflaming gums, gingivitis is a milder form of gum disease. Bacteria make gums swell, red and prone to bleeding. On the other hand, periodontitis is the inflammation of the tissues and bones surrounding the teeth.
Accidents tend to affect teeth, just ask professional sports players. Besides sports injuries, any blunt force trauma has the potential to chip, crack, break, or knock a tooth loose.
Cracked and chipped teeth aren't always a reason for concern, as not all instances of enamel failure are severe. Many times when a tooth has minor damage, it doesn't need an immediate remedy. However, you will still need to visit your dentist to has the tooth extracted or repaired.
Too much of anything isn't good, and pearly whites are no exceptions. Dental crowding, overcrowding, and crowding refer to the condition where teeth grow crooked due to a lack of space. Causes of this are:
- Premature loss of baby teeth
- Too many permanent teeth
- Abnormally large teeth
- Unusual growth patterns
This condition can lead to symptoms that include: discomfort, imperfect smile, crossbite, jaw pain, difficulties chewing, and many more. Clear aligners or braces may help, along with the extraction of an impacted molar if the case calls for it.
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Our office has alleviated pain caused by these conditions time and time again. We specialize in emergency treatments along with whole family care. No matter your reasoning for a dental visit, we have the solution you need! Contact us today.