Tooth Extractions in Kingston, PA Are the Last Resort but May Be Necessary Due to Specific Dental Health Issues
At Lawrence Dental Group in Kingston, PA, Dr. Stephen Lawrence, and his team often see patients who need to have a tooth safely extracted. The tooth extraction procedure is always considered as a last resort for patients who have teeth that are so damaged that they cannot be repaired. This damage can be caused by tooth decay, which has left the tooth in a state that cannot be repaired, but there are other reasons including physical damage. Whatever the reason may be, if Dr. Lawrence recommends a tooth be extracted, you can rest easy that it is done in a manner that is incredibly safe and will leave you in excellent dental health.
Because a tooth extraction can cause other long-term issues, including the degradation of supporting jawbone or shifting teeth, extraction does need to be a last resort. Here are some common reasons your dentist may recommend a tooth extraction.
Tooth decay is the number one reason, worldwide, for tooth extraction. There are reasons why decay can get to the point where the tooth cannot be saved. Reasons could include that the patient has put off seeing the dentist for too long, thinking the pain would go away, or they have not had a dental cleaning in several years. Once decay starts, it first affects the tooth’s enamel, but, once it progresses past the enamel, it can quickly start affecting the inner portion of the tooth called the dentin. Once this deterioration starts, irreversible damage could be taking place. Your dentist will pursue avenues to help restore the tooth, but, at some point, the damage will be irreversible, and the tooth will have to be extracted.
Untreated gum disease can be as destructive as tooth decay. When gum disease is left untreated, it can advance to the point where gum tissue, ligament, and the supporting bone structure begins to deteriorate. As these supporting structures begin to degenerate, teeth can begin to come loose. At some point, the teeth can begin falling out or require extraction.
These are just a couple of reasons why tooth extraction may be necessary. Other reasons could include having overcrowded teeth, impacted teeth, or tooth breakage. If you are facing dental issues or if you just need an exam or cleaning, please call Lawrence Dental Group today at (570) 852-2650.