Your teeth are strong, even stronger than the bones in your body. They are able to withstand the excessive pressures of biting and chewing every single day. Despite their incredible strength, they are not impervious to damage. Issues such as trauma and decay can weaken your teeth, putting them at risk for further harm and serious infections. When teeth are damaged, the preferred solution is to restore them. Restoring damaged and decayed teeth improve your oral health and allows the teeth to remain in their sockets. Sometimes, however, the damage is too much. When faced with significant damage, restoration may not be possible. In such cases, an extraction becomes necessary. Wanserski Dental Center for Complex Dentistry is here to help.
The Dangers of Damaged Teeth
Damaged and decayed teeth need to be treated right away. Even minor damage should be addressed as soon as possible. Without treatment, these issues can worsen, compromising the strength of the teeth and the health of your mouth. Your teeth are at an increased risk of splitting or shattering. You are also at risk of developing a tooth infection. An infection occurs when bacteria get inside of the damaged tooth. The bacteria multiply inside of the tooth and irritate the soft pulp inside. This can eventually lead to an abscess at the root of the tooth. Without treatment, an abscess can grow larger and may even burst. Should bacteria from the abscess get into the bloodstream, your risk for serious health complications increases.
Is an Extraction Really Necessary?
The ideal solution for damaged teeth is to restore them. Common treatments include fillings, crowns, and root canals. However, in the instance of substantial damage, an extraction may be necessary. You may require extraction if your teeth are cracked below the gum line. While crowns can treat a cracked tooth, they cannot protect the tooth below the gums. A tooth that is split or shattered may not be treatable with a crown because it is too weak to hold a crown successfully.
An extraction may become necessary in the case of severe decay. If the decay is too significant, a filling could compromise the tooth further. You may also not have enough healthy tooth structure remaining for a crown to be effectively placed.
You may also need an extraction even if your teeth are not damaged. Extractions are recommended if your wisdom teeth are impacted. You may also need extraction in the case of severe gum disease.
Types of Extractions
Teeth can be extracted in one of two ways. A simple extraction is a simple, straightforward process. First, an elevator is used to help loosen the tooth. We then use forceps to pull the tooth free from its socket carefully.
The other type of extraction is a surgical extraction. This type of extraction is more involved and is reserved for more complex situations such as impacted wisdom teeth. We first create a small incision near the affected tooth, which provides access to the root. The tooth is then carefully extracted. This may require us to remove bone blocking the tooth or that we section the tooth into pieces to more easily remove it. Once the tooth is completely out, we carefully clean the site and place sutures.
In cases of severe damage and decay, tooth extraction may be the best solution for restoring the health of your mouth. After teeth are extracted, they can then be replaced. If you have suffered damage, no matter how severe, it is important to seek care immediately. Call Wanserski Dental Center for Complex Dentistry at (715) 848-2435 today.