It is rare for dentists to extract teeth because they can usually save them. However, on those rare occasions, our dentists at Rock River Dental in Fort Atkinson, WI, do everything they can to make dental extractions as pain-free as possible. Here are some of the reasons they may need to remove a tooth.
Although dentists do what they can to save teeth, sometimes teeth require removal. There are several reasons for extractions to take place, including those below.
Most extractions take place because a tooth is badly decayed. People who avoid going to the dentist, or who don’t have fluoride in the drinking water where they live, often experience badly decayed teeth. While some teeth with decay are salvageable, others with more extensive damage may need to be extracted.
If you’ve been in an auto accident, had a fall, or accidentally hit in the face, then a tooth may break or split. Either Dr. Showalter or Dr. Trimbell will examine the tooth to determine if it is salvageable. Breaks that go down into the root may make the tooth unsalvageable, so extraction will be necessary.
Not all teeth emerge easily, and some that are blocked by other teeth called impacted teeth may require dental extractions. In most of these cases, impacted teeth need surgical removal, so you will be referred to an oral surgeon in your area who can perform the surgery.
The extraction of wisdom teeth is a very common procedure. Wisdom teeth extractions are often recommended when the wisdom teeth are impacted, resulting in pain or other dental issues.
When gum disease is not treated, it can destroy the structures that support your teeth. Advanced periodontitis can cause jawbone loss and gums to recede so badly that teeth become loose. When this happens, teeth can fall out by themselves, or you may need to visit one of our dentists for extractions in Fort Atkinson, WI.
Fortunately, most of the causes of dental extractions are preventable if you take care of your teeth and visit your dentist at least twice a year. If you brush correctly, floss, and have routine examinations and cleanings, then your teeth can last a lifetime.