Instances That Warrant Tooth Extraction

redhaired ginger female with snow-white smile holding white wisdom tooth after surgery removal of a toothYour smile’s health is of the utmost importance to maintain, and you may feel as though you have nothing to worry about because your brush and floss regularly. In theory, this is all we would have to do to ensure a healthy smile for life, but in actuality, there are just so many factors that can negatively influence your oral health. Indeed, the last thing a person wants to experience is the loss of one of their permanent teeth, but sometimes this may be the only viable option left to save your oral health overall. In today’s blog, your Vista, CA dentist identifies instances that may warrant the need for dental extraction and how your grin could benefit in the process.

A Threat to Surrounding Teeth

By and large, nobody would opt to lose a permanent tooth if there was any other choice to be made. Unfortunately, many people do not have such a choice. The primary cause of tooth loss often involves a dental infection such as decay, and this phenomenon can settle in relatively simply without a person even knowing there is an issue.

You see, bacterial infections occur on a microscopic level, and it is not until the infection spreads into the inner workings of a tooth and begins to damage sensitive nerves that a person recognizes something is not alright. When you begin to notice discomfort, sensitivity, and pain, that is a telltale sign that an infection is progressing.

When a tooth becomes so infected that it is only a matter of time before the infection influences neighboring healthy teeth, your dentist may recommend an extraction to mitigate the concern at its source. For more information about this process and how our team can help, give us a call today.

Impacts on Oral Function

In addition to threatening surrounding structures, your dentist may recommend a dental extraction if the tooth begins to significantly impact your functional capabilities. For example, we mentioned previously that decay will spread inward and target your sensitive nerves. When this occurs, you will experience discomfort, sensitivity, and even pain when attempting to perform tasks such as biting, chewing, and eating. If an infection is significantly damaging or affecting this process, extraction may be an option to consider. Contact our team to learn more today.

When a Tooth is Past the Point of Saving

Finally, tooth extraction is recommended if a tooth is beyond saving. You see, an infection can spread to the point that the majority of the tooth is compromised. Once it has hit the point of no return, it is even more damaging to let the infected structure remain than it is to have it removed and replaced with an artificial tooth or restoration.

Learn More Today

Contact Melrose Dental Arts in Vista, CA by calling 760-724-9117 to learn more about the times in which a tooth extraction could actually benefit your smile, and schedule your next appointment with our office today.