Pulling teeth isn’t like “pulling teeth” anymoreJust like root canals, tooth extractions have a pretty bad reputation. Many Edmonds folks may refer to something difficult by saying it was, “like pulling teeth.” We will be the first to tell you that the technology and techniques of modern dentistry have made the process of extracting a tooth fairly simple and with minimal discomfort to the patients. As long as you take it easy after the procedure and follow the guidelines, you’ll be back to normal in just a few days.
Reasons for an extractionPreserving your natural teeth is always a priority at Soundview Family Dental, but in some cases an extraction is unavoidable. Here are some of the conditions in which an extraction might be necessary:
InfectionIf one of your teeth has an infection that extends to the pulp and could not be cleared up with a root canal and antibiotics, removing the tooth might be the only way to keep the infection from spreading. An extraction may also be required if the threat of a serious infection cannot be otherwise dealt with.
Gum diseaseInfections stemming from gum disease weaken the support structures for teeth. Advanced gum disease can cause teeth to become so loose that extraction is the only safe option.
Tooth crowdingSometimes the arrangement of teeth does not perfectly fit the size or shape of the mouth. Severe cases, such as a tooth’s inability to erupt due to crowding, may require extraction. Pulling a tooth might also be necessary to prepare for an orthodontic appliance.
Contact usIf you think you might need to have a tooth removed or would like to learn more about extractions, feel free to contact Dr. Kitts at Soundview Family Dental today! The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.
Sources: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/pulling-a-tooth-tooth-extraction http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dry-socket-symptoms-and-treatment http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/tooth-extraction