When someone mentions a dental office do you automatically start playing a black and white movie in your head? Imagining the Doctor holding sharp tools, looming over you, and laughing evilly? Don’t let your imagination run too wild! Your dentist’s main job is to save your natural teeth from ever having to be pulled and relieve you from pain. At Comfort Dentists, Dr. Waldee, Dr. Hohimer, and Dr.Fien will do everything in their power to save your tooth. However, if a tooth has decayed enough, performing a tooth extraction may be necessary to save the rest of your teeth. If your oral health calls for it, our dental professionals have the knowledge and sedation tools to make your extraction quick and comfortable.
What are the signs that I need my tooth pulled?
If at any point you deviate from practicing good dental practices like brushing twice a day, flossing and visiting our dentists semiannually, you’re putting your teeth at risk for oral health problems. Sometimes if you overly indulge in substances that are harmful to your mouth, you can cause your teeth to become weak. When a tooth becomes severely damaged, overcrowded, or infected your Plantation dentist will perform a tooth extraction for the sole purpose of protecting the majority of your teeth.
- Severely fractured teeth
- Inflamed, bleeding gum tissue
- Pain in the jaw while chewing
Why would I need my tooth extracted?
A tooth that has begun to decay can be treated in many different ways. If you don’t seek the appropriate attention early enough, extraction becomes a very real possibility. A tooth may be damaged from a chip or crack and leave your surrounded teeth and gums susceptible to infection or further tooth loss.
Your smile constantly changes as you grow. Sometimes, your teeth can erupt into the wrong positions, rendering them useless or actually distracting to the rest of your smile. If teeth are too large to comfortably fit within the mouth, they may block other teeth from growing into their correct places as well. Extracting that tooth can give your natural teeth more space to grow into the right places. You will especially see this before a patient begins their orthodontic treatment, making room for their teeth to straighten into the right positions.
Harmful bacteria can infect a tooth all the way down below the gum line if it is left untreated. If the pulp of your tooth becomes infected, it can easily spread to your other natural teeth. That’s why normally your dentist will recommend root canal therapy (which is a great option for saving your adult teeth and should be highly considered over tooth extractions). But in some cases, the damage is so extensive that the root canal will not nearly be as effective as it needs to be. This is when pulling the tooth becomes necessary.
Contact Us to Save Your Smile!
If either of our dentists notices that a tooth has become extremely decayed during your dental appointment, it may need to be extracted. Comfort Dentists will explore all other therapeutic and restorative options first, but if it is necessary, we will pull the tooth to save the rest of your teeth. These extractions are practically painless and routine in our office, so you can be confident that you’re in good hands! Contact our office today. We can’t wait to help protect the longevity of your smile.