Ever wondered if you can tell whether you might need to have a tooth pulled? Our dentists in Edmonton list some signs - and what you should do next about this potential dental emergency.
What is a tooth extraction?
During a tooth extraction procedure, a tooth is surgically removed. At Emergency Dental Clinics, our first priority is to take a preventive, non-invasive approach to treatment. Therefore, we only perform tooth extractions in cases where a damaged tooth is threatening the health of the other teeth in your mouth.
This procedure is commonly referred to as having a tooth pulled and may be considered a dental emergency.
Why would I need a tooth extraction?
Our dentists in Edmonton prefer to avoid tooth extractions, as missing teeth can lead to other dental health issues that are costly and time-consuming to correct. That said, in some situations this procedure is necessary. Here are a few cases:
The tooth is severely infected or decayed
If the decay is caught early enough, we can use fillings for teeth with small cavities to restore the tooth's function and appearance.
However, if decay advances, it can cause severe infection and it may be difficult or impossible to restore the tooth to its original condition with a root canal and/or crown, leaving extraction as the only treatment option.
The tooth has endured severe fracture or damage
A sudden injury to the mouth - such as while playing sports or during a fall – can result in a broken, chipped or knocked out tooth. Not only is this painful, it is more vulnerable to infection and decay.
Additionally, a fractured tooth with jagged edges can cause harm to your mouth’s inner tissues, including your lips, tongue and cheeks. Your dentist may need to pull it and replace the tooth with a dental implant or other treatment.
Your teeth are crowded
Some teeth may erupt at different times, resulting in disproportionate growth. It’s also possible that a tooth has shifted into the wrong position or become misaligned.
Whatever the reason, crowded teeth can become painful and be more susceptible to decay as it’s difficult to keep them clean. Your jaw may start to feel sore. Your dentist may recommend having the tooth pulled.
Gum disease has lead to loose teeth
Advanced gum disease (periodontal disease) can lead to loose teeth and tooth loss. Though our Edmonton dentists do everything in their power to help you avoid losing teeth to decay or disease, when teeth become loose the only treatment option may be extraction.
What can I do if my tooth needs to be pulled?
If your dentist does have to perform a tooth extraction, you have a few tooth replacement options after the procedure is complete. Depending on your specific case, your dentist may recommend a dental crown, dental bridge, dentures or dental implants.
At Emergency Dental Clinics, we take the time to explain procedures and treatment options in detail and why we are recommending them. Don’t hesitate to contact us for advice about concerning symptoms or potential treatments.