Why Would I Need to Have a Tooth Extracted?

Why Would I Need to Have a Tooth Extracted?

At Dental Care of North Carolina, we always strive to save a damaged tooth and restore its health and function. However, there are times when tooth extraction is unavoidable. If that’s the case, you can count on our team for gentle, comfortable care!

Why Would You Need to Have a Tooth Extracted?

Here’s a look at some of the most common reasons you may need to have a tooth extracted:

  • Periodontal Disease: Advanced periodontal or gum disease can destroy the bone and structures supporting a tooth. Poor bone density means the chances of successfully restoring an affected tooth are minimal, necessitating its extraction.
  • Severe Decay: Extensive tooth decay that cannot be repaired using restorations or root canal therapy may require an extraction. Otherwise, you risk the health of the neighboring teeth.
  • Traumatic Damage: If a tooth is broken or badly damaged due to injury, we’ll do everything we can to repair it. However, there are times that the damage is so extensive that no restorative procedure can save the affected tooth, leaving extraction as the only option to safeguard your oral health.
  • Poorly Positioned Teeth: If you have crooked or crowded teeth, we may recommend selective teeth extractions as a component of an orthodontic treatment plan. That way, the remaining teeth will have the space they need to move into proper alignment. 

What Happens After a Tooth Extraction?

Our team will discuss your tooth replacement options, such as a dental implant or bridge. That’s because leaving a gap in your smile can cause the neighboring teeth to shift out of alignment, creating a host of oral health concerns.

To promote healing, make sure you follow the post-extraction instructions we provide you. It’s important to avoid smoking, drinking out of a straw, or rinsing forcefully for at least 48 hours after having your tooth pulled out. Otherwise, you risk dislodging the clot forming in the extraction site, which can lead to a painful complication known as dry socket. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.

Tooth Extractions in Morrisville and Greensboro

Visiting Dental Care of North Carolina for your routine dental exams and cleanings will ensure that any dental problems are treated early on, preventing the need for involved treatments down the road. If, however, you ever require a tooth extraction, you can count on our team for exceptional, gentle care. Call us and schedule your appointment today!