Removing a tooth is sometimes necessary due to severe damage, decay or infections. Our Charlotte, NC, dentist, Dr. Ramesh Sunar, shares a few signs that may indicate that you can benefit from extractions.
Dental abscesses cause an infection in the soft pulp at the core of your tooth. Root canal therapy is often used to remove the pulp and save the tooth. In some cases, root canal treatment may not be effective, or you may decide that the therapy is too expensive. Extraction will end your pain and remove the source of infection.
Although you'll no longer have an infected tooth after extraction, the infection will still be present in your body. Antibiotics will treat the bacterial infection and prevent it from spreading to other parts of your body. Abscess signs may include severe pain, swelling in your lower face or jaw, pus on your gum, swollen lymph nodes and fever.
Impacted wisdom teeth
Wisdom teeth are considered impacted if they can't erupt fully or partially due to space limitations. If the teeth aren't removed, they can damage nerves, affect the alignment of your other teeth or increase your risk of developing dental abscesses.
Injuries and decay
Any blow to your mouth, whether it happens during a sporting event, vehicular accident or fall, can seriously damage your teeth. Although it may be possible to restore and repair damaged teeth in some cases, in others, the teeth may be so damaged that it's not possible to save them. Tooth loss may also be unavoidable due to extensive decay.
No matter what the cause, your missing tooth can be replaced with a dental implant that acts as a permanent substitute root. Dental implants are placed in your jaw during a minor surgical procedure in our Charlotte office. The implant bonds to your jawbone and supports a dental crown, a realistic-looking restoration that replaces your lost tooth above your gum line. Because implants are firmly rooted in your jawbone, they feel like natural teeth and only require daily brushing and flossing to stay in good shape.
Do you need to replace missing teeth after extractions? Dental implants offer an excellent restoration option. Call Charlotte, NC, dentist, Dr. Sunar, at (704) 375-4252 to schedule an appointment.