Even though some people dread the idea of having a tooth extracted, we’ve found that once they learn how pain-free the procedure can be – and learn more about the many benefits that accompany the extraction — it helps to ease their concerns.
You’ve probably heard the adage that “information is power,” and the goal of this blog is to provide you with the information you need to understand the reasons for tooth extraction so you can experience the procedure with complete understanding and comfort.
With that in mind, it’s important to point out that our Brooklyn, NY dentist will take every measure to help you keep your tooth instead of extracting it — since saving a patient’s natural teeth is one of our over-arching goals – but there are times when the procedure is required, and we’ll explore those here.
Overcrowding of teeth is a very common concern for many patients who are in pursuit of a perfect smile, especially parents concerned about the emerging smiles in their children who are exhibiting overcrowded teeth. Often, tooth extraction is the preferred treatment plan, but there could be other options to explore such as dental aligner therapy. The takeaway is knowing that the best preparation for a winning adult smile is to take action in a child’s smile, which may include tooth extraction due to overcrowding.
Gum disease is a common culprit that contributes to tooth loss. When left untreated, periodontitis results in receding gums and loose teeth. Both of these conditions are not only uncomfortable for the patient, but they indicate the need for a tooth extraction to treat the underlying concerns to prevent further tooth loss. Additionally, untreated periodontitis can lead to bone loss in a patient’s jaw which will require more aggressive treatment. One way to stay ahead of this possibility is to visit your Brooklyn, NY dentist at least once a year – preferably twice a year – for a preventive dentistry appointment which includes teeth cleaning and an oral cancer screening. Call us today if it’s time for you to get back on track with your preventive dental care.
Another benefit of visiting a dentist regularly for preventive dentistry is to monitor the position and emergence of wisdom teeth. Some patients can go a lifetime without needing a wisdom tooth extracted, but since the changing condition of wisdom teeth is most active between the ages of 16 to 23, this age group must stay on top of their preventive dental appointments. Through diagnostic x-rays, our Brooklyn dentist will be able to track the position and potential emergence of your wisdom teeth to design a treatment plan that may or may not include surgical extraction.
As strong as our teeth are, they can only be repaired or restored so many times. In cases where a tooth’s structure has become so compromised or degraded — either through repeat trauma or excessive decay — that it can no longer benefit from a dental crown, tooth extraction will be recommended. The notion of not having a tooth can be a frightening one for some patients, but with the advances in modern dentistry such as dental implants and dental bridges, that worry is short-lived. There may be a short period between the extraction process and the dental implant or dental bridge procedure, but our Brooklyn dentist will do everything possible to ensure that you don’t have to face the world with a gap in your smile. If you’ve been enduring pain from a tooth that you know is too decayed to repair, why not make an appointment today with Brooklyn Smiles to learn more about the relief that can be achieved through simple tooth extraction?
As mentioned, Brooklyn Smile is committed to helping patients retain their natural teeth for a lifetime. If you’d like to receive a treatment plan that can help you achieve this goal too, we invite you to make an appointment with us today.