Orange City and Deltona, FL
The goal for many dentists is to prevent tooth loss among their patients. However, in certain situations, having a tooth extracted is the best option for your overall health and wellness. An extraction refers to any procedure where a tooth is removed from its socket. If extraction requires that incisions must be made in the gums, this is known as a surgical extraction, which actually is the most common type of surgery performed in the United States.
Read on for more information on five situations in which extracting a tooth actually may be the best choice:
- Severe tooth decay- Tooth decay is widespread in the United States; according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 92 percent of adults in America between the ages of 20-64 have experienced cavities or decay in their permanent teeth. In most cases, these areas of decay can be repaired with a filling, while a crown may be able to repair extensive decay, but there are instances in which a tooth is too far decayed to be saved. However, a tooth with severe levels of decay has its own set of risks. A badly decayed tooth can become infected. Left untreated, that infection can spread to other teeth or even into the bloodstream, where it could spread throughout your body, affecting your organs and even threatening your life.
- Periodontitis – Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease, which starts as a bacterial infection in your gums and jawbone. By the time gum disease has progressed to this point, your mouth has sustained permanent damage. The infection can spread to the periodontal ligaments as well as the alveolar bone—the clinical term for the thick ridge of bone that contains your tooth sockets. Periodontal disease may result in permanent teeth becoming loose beyond recovery, in which case performing an extraction may be the best option.
- An impacted tooth – If a tooth becomes impacted, that means it cannot properly erupt from the gum line because it is blocked by existing teeth in your mouth. This often happens with wisdom teeth, which emerge typically when a person is in their late teens or early 20s. Leaving an impacted tooth could damage other teeth, creating cracks that could become infected or compromise the integrity of their teeth. An impacted tooth also can cause crowding in the mouth, altering the alignment of your teeth and even your bite.
- As a precursor to orthodontic treatment – Sometimes, before undergoing orthodontic treatment through braces or plastic aligners like ClearCorrect, existing teeth need to be removed to prevent crowding in the mouth once your teeth have been straightened. If you or your child is planning to go through orthodontic treatment, Dr. Soule can detect any current crowding in the mouth and determine if there is enough remaining room for your teeth to move into a straighter alignment.
- After an injury or accident – Accidents happen, often when we least expect it. Sustaining a blow or impact to the mouth can leave you with a tooth that is chipped, cracked, or fractured. If you experience a tooth that breaks below the gum line, then extraction may be necessary, but this is not always the case for each situation. These injuries often can cause extreme pain as well; if you or someone you love sustains one of these dental injuries, Terry Soule, DDS, offers 24-hour emergency services.
Tooth Extractions in Orange City
If you have a tooth that is bothering you, or another dentist has recommended that you have a permanent tooth extracted, Terry Soule, DDS, can help. Call our office at (386) 775-1552 or go online to schedule your consultation today.
Terry Soule, DDS, serves the oral health needs of patients in the areas of DeBary, Deltona, and Orange City, FL.