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A Lafayette Dentist Explains How Extractions Are Necessary

June 9, 2017

Filed under: General Dentistry — tntadmin @ 3:00 pm

Although your permanent teeth are meant to be just that—permanent—there are many reasons why teeth may become lost or need to be pulled. Whether your tooth has suffered from a hard blow and never quite adjusted back to normal, or your smile has been suffering from severe tooth decay and infection, tooth extractions in Lafayette are more common than you may think. Luckily, Sage Dental has the dental expertise and resources to make your tooth extraction fast and pain-free. We even help patients after their procedure with doctor prescribed pain medications to make their healing period as easy as possible as well.

Preparing for Tooth Extractions

If at any point you deviate from practicing good dental practices you could cause your teeth to become weak. When a tooth becomes severely damaged, overcrowded, or infected your dentist will perform a tooth extraction for the sole purpose of saving the rest of your natural teeth. This is the last option to be explored because ultimately, our dental professionals want to help you keep your natural teeth. We put what’s in the best interest of your health first! Before you move forward with getting a tooth extraction, communicate with your dentist these things:

  • Your complete medical history.
  • Medications or supplements your currently taking.
  • History of heart issues or man-made heart valves.
  • Impaired immune system.
  • Liver disease
  • Artificial joint.
  • History of bacterial endocarditis.

Reasons Your Dentist May Recommend a Tooth Extraction

Damage

Pulling your natural teeth becomes a very real possibility if tooth decay has taken over the tooth. It’s important that the infection and decay don’t spread to surrounding teeth. A tooth may be damaged from a chip or crack and leave your surrounded teeth and gums susceptible to infection or further tooth loss.

Overcrowding

Sometimes, your teeth can grow into the wrong positions, rendering them useless or actually distracting to the rest of your smile. If teeth are too big to fit within the mouth as they’re supposed to, 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 gets braces, making room for their teeth to straighten into the right positions.

Infection

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. But in some cases, the damage is so far gone that the root canal won’t reverse the damage that’s already present. This is when pulling the tooth becomes necessary.

Visit Sage Dental Care

Have you been experiencing some pain in a tooth or extreme sensitivity? You may have damage to a tooth that needs to be addressed. We are more than happy to help you improve your oral health before you need a tooth extraction. In the cases that patients need to have a tooth pulled, we have the tools and resources to make your dental appointment as pleasant as possible. Contact our office to schedule your next appointment today.

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