Getting bad news is never fun. Learning that you need a dental extraction falls into that category of not-fun bad news. However, a very important thing to remember is that your dentist always has your oral health as the top priority. A dental extraction should never be recommended unless absolutely necessary. Keeping your natural teeth is always a goal because having healthy teeth is always the best way to keep your smile in good health, which ultimately keeps you in good health overall. Unfortunately, there are situations when extracting a tooth becomes the best solution for your smile. In these situations, extraction is kept as a last resort. Your dentist in Lafayette, LA, can walk you through why an extraction becomes necessary and the best ways to handle the situation.
Problematic Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last teeth to emerge in the smile. For some people, wisdom teeth can come in with absolutely no problems, but for many, wisdom teeth can create issues for the smile. When wisdom teeth affect the health of the rest of your teeth or for your gums or bones, it is recommended that they be removed.
Unfortunately, an accident or injury can cause so much damage to a tooth that it becomes irreparable. In these situations where the tooth cannot be saved, it must be extracted. Once a severely damaged tooth is removed, it can be replaced with a dental implant and/or some form of prosthetic restoration.
Tooth decay is a progressive disease that can wreak havoc on a tooth unless it is treated. If decay is allowed to destroy the internal nerves and tissues and penetrate the root, it can lead to an infection that can spread to other parts of the body through the bloodstream.
There are several reasons a tooth may need to be extracted
A dental extraction is often the last ditch effort to save a smile’s health. To schedule a consultation, contact us at our Lafayette, LA, dentist’s office at 337-237-6453. We proudly serve patients from Breaux Bridge, Broussard, Scott, Youngsville, and surrounding communities.