Could you benefit from a tooth extraction? Our Charlotte, NC, dentist, Dr. Ramesh Sunar, shares a few reasons that extractions may be needed.
When an extraction is the best solution
Helping you maintain good oral health is the goal of your dentist. In some cases, that means extracting a problem tooth. Extractions may be recommended in these cases:
- Extensive Decay: Widespread decay can make preserving your tooth impossible. If decay is extensive, there won't be enough healthy tooth structure to support a filling, inlay, onlay or crown. Extracting the tooth will also help prevent the decay from spreading to nearby teeth.
- A Failed Root Canal: Root canal therapy is usually very effective, but occasionally pain continues after treatment. If further treatments won't help your tooth, extraction may be recommended.
- Trauma to a Tooth: Teeth can't be saved if a break or crack extends into the roots. If the break is only limited to the top portion of your tooth, it may be possible to restore the tooth with a crown.
- Wisdom Teeth Pain: Partially impacted or fully impacted wisdom teeth can cause considerable pain when they try to push through gums and bones. If there just isn't enough room in your mouth for the teeth, you'll need an extraction. Extractions may also be needed if your wisdom teeth erupted normally but are decayed or damaged. Luckily, removing your wisdom teeth won't affect your ability to bite and chew.
- Orthodontic Treatment: When crowding is a problem, your orthodontist may recommend the removal of one or more teeth before you receive your braces. Extracting teeth ensures that there will be enough room in your mouth to properly realign your teeth and improve your bite.
- Dental Abscesses: Dental abscesses occur due to inflammations or infections in tooth pulp. Pulp is located in the center of your tooth under the hard dentin layer and contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue. Although root canals are very effective in treating abscessed teeth, sometimes the therapy isn't effective or you decide that you would rather have your tooth extracted and replaced with a bridge or dental implant in our Charlotte office.
Extractions offer an effective solution to several types of dental issues. If you think you might need an extraction or want to replace a missing tooth, schedule an appointment with our Charlotte, NC, dentist, Dr. Sunar, by calling (704) 375-4252 to schedule an appointment.