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When Is a Tooth Extraction Necessary

Jan 17, 2023
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A tooth extraction is a surgical procedure in which a dentist or oral surgeon removes a damaged or infected tooth from the socket in the jawbone. While it is not always the first course of treatment for dental issues, there are certain situations in which

In Green California Dental Group one common reason for a tooth extraction is severe tooth decay. When a tooth is so decayed that it cannot be saved with a filling or a crown, an extraction may be necessary to prevent the spread of infection and protect the surrounding teeth. 

Another reason for a tooth extraction is advanced periodontal disease, or gum disease. This condition causes inflammation and infection of the gums and can lead to the loss of bone and tissue supporting the teeth. In severe cases, the affected teeth may need to be extracted to prevent further damage to the gums and jawbone. 

A third reason for a tooth extraction is tooth crowding or malposition. When there is not enough room in the jaw for all of the teeth, an extraction may be necessary to make room for orthodontic treatment such as braces or Invisalign. Additionally, impacted teeth, such as wisdom teeth, may need to be extracted if they are causing pain or infection. 

A fourth reason for a tooth extraction is due to injury or trauma. A tooth that has been knocked out or severely damaged may not be able to be saved, and an extraction may be necessary to prevent further damage or infection. 

Finally, a tooth extraction may be necessary as a pre-treatment for radiation or chemotherapy. In these cases, it may be necessary to remove any teeth that are at risk of becoming infected or damaged during the course of the treatment. Visit our Burbank location office to start your procedure. 

It's important to note that tooth extraction is a last resort and should be done only after all other treatment options have been exhausted. Your dentist or oral surgeon will carefully evaluate your situation and recommend the best course of treatment for you. 

In preparation for the extraction, your dentist will take x-rays of the affected tooth and examine your mouth to ensure that you are a good candidate for the procedure. They will also provide instructions on how to prepare for the extraction, such as avoiding certain medications or foods, and they will discuss the potential risks and complications associated with the procedure.

After the tooth is extracted, you will need to take care to avoid infection and promote healing. This may include taking antibiotics, avoiding smoking and drinking through a straw, and following a soft food diet for a few days following the extraction. 

In conclusion, tooth extraction is a surgical procedure that is necessary for certain situations, such as severe tooth decay, advanced periodontal disease, tooth crowding or malposition, injury or trauma, or as a pre-treatment for radiation or chemotherapy. It's important to consult with your dentist or oral surgeon to determine the best course of treatment for you and to take proper care after the extraction to promote healing.

 

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