At Shine Dental, our Sunbury dentists always try to save natural teeth. Whether your tooth's been affected by decay or trauma, our first and foremost goal is to try to save it. Unfortunately, this is not always possible. There are cases when extraction is necessary to restore your oral health.
Here are some examples.
Severe Tooth Decay
If bacteria managed to reach the inner layers of a tooth, they can damage the pulp. While more often than not we can save the tooth with the help of a root canal, there are instances when the damage is so severe that the only option left is extraction.
By removing the tooth we can prevent the infection from spreading to the surrounding teeth and jawbone.
Gum disease starts with minor symptoms like red and swollen gums. But, if left untreated, it can progress to periodontal disease, a condition that affects not only the gums but the bone that supports the teeth too. As bacteria erode the bone, your teeth will shift and become loose.
Periodontal diseases can be managed, but if it's too advanced tooth extraction may be necessary to save the remaining teeth.
This usually happens in the case of wisdom teeth. Because they don't have enough space to erupt properly, wisdom teeth can grow in abnormal positions, causing pain and swelling. Moreover, they can also cause the other teeth to shift. Because of these reasons, dentists often recommend removing wisdom teeth.
If there wasn't enough space in your mouth for all of your teeth to erupt properly, then we may recommend extraction before orthodontic treatment. This way we can make sure that there is enough room for your teeth to move into their correct position.
If your tooth has been fractured because of trauma and the damage extends beyond the gum line, it may not be possible to save it. The best course of treatment would be to remove the affected tooth and look for restorative solutions, such as dental implants.
Pain-Free Tooth Extractions in Sunbury
"But, will it hurt?"
That's the first question we get asked when we recommend a tooth extraction. And the answer is always no. At Shine Dental, we offer gentle, pain-free tooth extractions in a relaxed and warm environment. We know you are dealing with a lot of anxiety already and we want to make this experience as stress-free as possible.
We will use the latest numbing techniques to ensure that you won't feel anything during the procedure. We will also prescribe pain medication to help you manage your post-extraction symptoms better.
If you suspect that you may need a tooth extraction, it's best to get in touch with Dr. Katelyn Miller by booking your appointment online.