It may feel like more hassle than it’s worth to have a tooth removed when it doesn’t hurt. However, your dentist has your best interests in mind when he or she advises you to have it extracted, anyway.
How could that be the case? Consider three common scenarios in which extraction is a good idea.
Effects of Gum Disease
Advanced gum disease gradually loosens the supports, which anchor teeth in place. Once those supports break down, your tooth would become very loose and useless for chewing. Taking out the diseased tooth prevents the infection from spreading to other teeth and gives you a clean slate for replacing it with a dental bridge or implant.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
When your dentist finds a wisdom tooth growing in the wrong direction on an x-ray, he or she may recommend that you have it removed before it goes any further. An impacted wisdom tooth can push other teeth out of alignment and even permanently damage the roots of neighboring teeth. You might not feel it now, but later on, you very well could!
Extra Teeth or Retained Baby Teeth
A tooth that sits out of alignment with the rest of your teeth may cause you more problems than you’d expect. Being out of line makes it harder to keep clean. It’s more likely to trap bacteria in hard-to-access places, putting it and neighboring teeth at risk for developing tooth decay and gum disease.
Schedule a consultation with your local dentist for a complete dental examination. Your dentist will help you make the best treatment decisions for your smile, whether or not that includes any extractions.
Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
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