The pulling of a tooth – known as a dental extraction – can certainly seem like a drastic measure. When first told that they need a tooth pulled, many patients may ask, “Is this really the only option?” At SEDA Dental of North Miami Beach, we believe strongly in preserving and treating your existing tooth for as long as possible. However, there are some cases in which extraction may ultimately be necessary. Our qualified dental staff is here to guide you through the entire process, answer all of your questions, and tailor the procedure to meet your specific needs.
In addition to providing the highest level of care, our professional dentists make patient education a top priority. Before undergoing dental extraction, we will discuss with you at length your diagnosis and why the procedure is necessary in your particular case. It is important to note that we always consider all available treatment options and procedures before recommending extraction. Our goal is for patients to keep their natural teeth if at all possible, but when a patient’s overall oral health or comfort begins to decline and become unresponsive to other therapies, extraction may be appropriate.
Here are some of the most common diagnoses that may lead to tooth extraction, which include:
Tooth decay and infection can be caused by a number of issues including cavities, gum disease, or a cracked/fractured tooth. In severe cases, an infected or damaged tooth can reach the point at which it is unable to be salvaged by endodontic care, antibiotic therapy, or other measures. When this occurs, extraction of the affected tooth may be the only option to prevent further spread of infection and to alleviate the patient’s pain.
Loose and/or diseased tooth
In patients with advanced or developing periodontal (gum) disease, tooth extraction may be unavoidable. As gum disease progresses and deteriorates healthy tissue, otherwise structurally sound teeth can often become compromised and begin to loosen. When the professionals at SEDA Dental of North Miami Beach encounter this situation, every effort is made to save the existing tooth (or teeth). However, if extraction is deemed necessary in order to prevent further damage and to preserve the patient’s remaining healthy tissue, our team is here to promptly address and correct these issues through extraction, treatment, cosmetic reconstruction, and ongoing care.
While tooth enamel is known to be the strongest substance in the human body, trauma or damage to a tooth is still a fairly common occurrence. Sports injuries, food-related incidents, and even cracks that occur due to nighttime clenching and grinding are all common culprits of dental damage leading to tooth extraction. Crowns and other restorations are often viable treatments, but extraction can be necessary when the damage is too severe to be able to support traditional restoration methods.
More common among our younger patients, though not exclusive to that group, overcrowding is a very common reason for having to pull one or more teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth and a small bite can contribute to dental crowding and lead to the recommendation of a dental extraction in order to allow the remaining teeth the space they need to grow in properly. Many patients also experience physical discomfort and/or cosmetic dissatisfaction due to crowding. While our practice in North Miami Beach is able to offer various treatments to correct these problems, we understand that oftentimes the financial investment of orthodontic treatment is not an option. Tooth extraction can be considered for patients in this situation.
If you are experiencing any of the above issues and believe that you may need a tooth pulled, schedule an appointment and consultation with one of the expert dentists at SEDA Dental of North Miami Beach today. Remember that while these are the most common diagnoses leading to tooth extraction, this list is certainly not comprehensive; there are many other oral ailments that may ultimately necessitate extraction. It is equally important to remember, however, that a large majority of issues can be treated without extraction. If you have been told by another provider that pulling your tooth is the only choice, a second opinion can be useful in determining your next step.
The best way to find out with certainty whether or not you need a tooth pulled – and why – is to be evaluated here in our office. Using the most advanced techniques in dentistry alongside a wealth of knowledge and expertise, the dental professionals at SEDA Dental of North Miami Beach will ensure that you receive the most exceptional level of care. Give us a call us today to schedule your appointment.