Top Reasons Why Dentist in Kingston PA Would Need To Extract A Tooth As A Last Resort
We have all heard the phrase “like pulling teeth” when talking about performing any task that is considered undesirable and difficult. Nobody wants a tooth pulled and no dentist should want to pull a tooth. Unfortunately, in some cases, it cannot be avoided, and tooth extraction may need to be performed as a last resort. Dr. Stephen Lawrence will never recommend a tooth be extracted unless completely necessary. When necessary though, Dr. Lawrence has performed extractions with great success. The truth is that, in some situations, a tooth cannot be saved. Dr. Lawrence will always attempt to save your tooth but there are conditions, levels of damage, and more that can make extraction a necessary measure. Let’s discuss some reasons why an extraction would be considered necessary.
We all know that oral bacteria form in the mouth as plaque and builds up on teeth. Plaque thrives on the sugars we eat and metabolizes these sugars by creating acids that eat at your teeth. This is how cavities are formed. Small cavities are easily fixed with a filling but, in more severe cases, this decay can become quite serious. Many cases of advanced tooth decay can be treated with a root canal.
However, in some cases where decay has advanced to the point where the tooth has lost stability, or where an abscess has been produced which threatens the integrity of the jawbone, an extraction may be required.
Advanced Gum Disease
The same bacteria that leads to tooth decay also causes gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss. Oral bacteria can get below the gumline and wreak pure havoc in the form of infection that, when untreated, can lead to gum recession, bone damage, and (eventually) loose teeth. When a tooth is weakened to such an advanced state, tooth extraction may be the only answer to treating and reversing the underlying gum disease. The good news is that when a tooth is removed to eradicate gum disease, it can be replaced by a dental implant.