What are some signs that you might need a tooth extracted? Our Ottawa dentists list some signs and symptoms, as well as what you should do if you have a dental emergency.
What is a tooth extraction?
We surgically remove a tooth during a tooth extraction. We always try to take a preventive, non-invasive approach to treatment at Green Bank Hunt Club, and we usually only extract teeth when a damaged tooth threatens the health of the other teeth in your mouth.
This procedure is commonly referred to as getting a tooth pulled and may be considered a dental emergency.
Why would I need a tooth extraction?
Our Ottawa dentists prefer to avoid tooth extractions because missing teeth can lead to other dental health problems that are both expensive and time-consuming to correct. However, in some cases, the procedure is required. Here are some examples:
The tooth is severely infected or decayed
For a tooth with a small cavity, we can use a filling to restore its function and appearance if the decay is caught early enough.
However, if decay has progressed and caused a severe infection, a root canal and/or crown may be difficult or impossible to restore to its original condition, leaving extraction as the only option.
The tooth has endured severe damage or fractured
A broken, chipped, or knocked-out tooth can occur as a result of a sudden injury to the mouth, such as while playing sports or falling. This is not only painful, but it also makes you more susceptible to infection and decay.
A fractured tooth with jagged edges can also harm the inner tissues of your mouth, including your lips, tongue, and cheeks. Your dentist may need to extract it and replace it with a dental implant or another 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.
Because it's difficult to keep crowded teeth clean, they can become painful and more susceptible to decay. Your jaw may start to hurt. Your dentist may advise you to have the tooth extracted.
Gum disease has led to loose teeth
Gum disease (periodontal disease) in its advanced stages can result in loose teeth and tooth loss. Though our Ottawa dentists will do everything possible to prevent you from losing teeth due to decay or disease, when teeth become loose, extraction may be your only option.
What can I do if my tooth needs to be pulled?
If your dentist must extract a tooth, you will have a few tooth replacement options once the procedure is completed. Your dentist may recommend a dental crown, bridge, dentures, or dental implants, depending on your specific situation.
We take the time to explain procedures and treatment options in detail, as well as why we recommend them, at Green Bank Hunt Club. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about your symptoms or potential treatments.