As mentioned previously, tooth extractions are typically a last resort when it comes to the treatment of a tooth. Primarily, we’d like to save teeth as best as we can. If possible, we will recommend an alternative treatments option such as:
To keep a tooth healthy, its pulp is essential. However, when the pulp becomes damaged or infected, it can be hazardous to the tooth as well as your health. It can also lead to pain and abscess.
Tooth decay, chips, cracks, and other damage to the tooth can lead to pulp infections. When pulp infections occur, the outer part of the tooth is changed and exposes the root to danger. In this situation, a root canal may be a good idea as it can remove the infected pulp and provide the tooth the nourishment it needs.
There are a variety of surgeries such as endodontic surgery that can keep your infection and inflammation from spreading in your mouth. During endodontic surgery, you can expect your surgeon to remove the infected area. Fortunately, this procedure comes with minimal risks and a short recovery period.
The reality is that tooth loss is often the result of gum problems. If you are in the early stages of gum disease, it’s a good idea to seek treatment as soon as possible. Maintaining good oral hygiene, scaling and cleaning, and medications can all help.
Sometimes, tooth infections can be treated with antibiotics. Pain and discomfort can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers that can reduce swelling. It’s important to note that these pain relievers do not typically resolve the root cause of the problem and are mainly used as a way to relieve symptoms.
If extraction is necessary, do not worry. As long as you follow our pre- and post-extraction directions, you should not have any issues. It’s a very common procedure that may be just what you need to restore optimal oral health.