There are many restorative dentistry treatments designed to repair and save your teeth. Dental crowns, root canals, cavities, and more can restore a tooth that’s damaged or giving you pain. However, not everyone gets these treatments in time. There are also cases when the damage is just too great and there’s not enough tooth left to save.
That’s why you should call our Winnipeg, MB dental office at (204) 977-8515. Although our dentists can often save such teeth, there are times when you a dental extraction is the best way to keep your mouth healthy.
The Dangers Of Ignoring Damaged Teeth
You should keep your natural teeth whenever possible. Although a dental implant is somewhat like regrowing a lost tooth, it’s not. That’s why our dentists are trained in restorative dentistry treatments. It’s better to save a tooth than replace it.
But sometimes, leaving that tooth in your mouth will only lead to bigger problems. Here are some situations where a tooth removal might be the best choice:
- A tooth has been weakened by infection and could break in your mouth.
- That infection might spread to other parts of your body.
- A toothache grows very painful and cannot be otherwise relieved.
- The jawbone around one tooth can deteriorate.
By making an appointment today with Lakewood Dental Centre, you can have your teeth thoroughly examined by our dentists. Using that data, you can determine if a dental restoration or a dental extraction is the best option moving forward.
When Dental Extractions Can Help
Again, our dentists will do what they can to save your natural teeth. But here are some of the conditions where a dental extraction is probably best.
You have an overcrowded smile.
Your primary teeth (also called baby teeth) are supposed to fall out on their own. But it’s not impossible for one or two to get stuck and never come out. Then there are the unusual situations where you are simply born with too many permanent teeth. Either way, you end up having an overcrowded smile.
In these situations, a dental extraction can help. Besides helping your smile look better, taking care of an overcrowded smile can help your bite close like it should. This can help avoid TMJ disorder or worn spots on your teeth.
Gum disease is making a tooth fall out.
Gum disease is caused by harmful bacteria, the same ones who cause cavities. Once these infect your gum tissue, your gums start to recede from your teeth. That infection will also eventually cause your jawbone to deteriorate. You will start to feel your teeth get loose before they finally fall out.
Gum disease treatment can help, but if a tooth is going to be lost anyway, a dental extraction is often safer. By controlling when and how the tooth is removed, you can avoid swallowing the tooth or having it break off in your mouth.
An infection inside your tooth spread too far.
Those same bacteria can slip past your enamel and infect the dental pulp on the inside. (This often happens when a tooth is cracked or when a cavity gets too deep.) When this occurs, you often have a bad toothache. Worse, the infection can make your enamel brittle. Root canals can remove the infection, but it might be too late if it’s not done in time.
If the infection spreads too far in your dental pulp, it might be too dangerous to keep that weak tooth in your jaw. Not only can that tooth break apart, the infection can spread to other parts of your body. That’s when a dental extraction can help.
A wisdom tooth is giving you problems.
Most people have problems with their wisdom teeth. That’s because they finally come in much later than your other teeth. Sometimes, the wisdom teeth try to pop up too close to (or even partially underneath) your second molars. Then there are times when your wisdom teeth never fully come in. These impacted teeth are much more prone to tooth decay.
That’s why a dental extraction of your wisdom teeth can be helpful. By removing the teeth causing the problems, you can eliminate those problems.
Call Lakewood Dental Centre today at (204) 977-8515 or use our online form to schedule your next appointment. Our dentists can use restorative dentistry treatments to strengthen and restore damaged teeth, but sometimes, the only thing left to do is remove them.