Do you have severe tooth decay or advanced gum disease? This sometimes requires a tooth extraction. We always recommend practicing good oral hygiene to avoid an extraction. This helps our patients to prevent oral health problems such as cavities and gum disease. However, there are over 64 million Americans that struggle with gum disease and millions more affected by tooth decay. The loss of a single tooth can have a major impact on your oral health and appearance. We try to do all we can to prevent a tooth extraction, but it is necessary sometimes. We extract teeth for reasons such as severe decay, infection or abscess, orthodontic correction, a fractured tooth, and more. As always, we hope most patients can avoid a tooth extraction. However, for those who receive one, we can explain what you can expect and how to prepare.
Oral Health Is Extremely Important
Did you know that the health of your mouth is a good indication of your overall health and wellness? Many systemic diseases and infections can manifest signs in your mouth, especially if you don’t take care of your teeth and gums through proper oral hygiene. This proper hygiene consists of brushing the teeth at least twice a day, flossing each day, and seeing your dentist often for cleanings and comprehensive exams. Those are only the basic guidelines, as there are many ways you can take care of your teeth beyond those few recommendations. Some patients use fluoride to strengthen their teeth. Others use mouthwash to kill germs that cause bad breath.
When it comes to your oral health, you are in charge! The most effective steps you can take to ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy is to keep up on the brushing and flossing each day. The American Dental Association tells us that over 100 million Americans don’t see their dentist each year. It’s no wonder that tooth decay is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases in both children and adults! Only a dentist can detect the presence of cavities and gum disease before those problems become severe. Therefore, it’s highly important to see your dentist. Doing so can avoid procedures such as a tooth extraction.
Missing Teeth: How Important Are They?
Many patients lose their teeth because of tooth decay. In less common cases, an injury or trauma can cause a patient to lose a tooth. But, as we mentioned, tooth decay is one of the top causes of tooth loss as well as gum disease. Even losing one tooth can make a huge difference in the health of your mouth and that of the rest of your body. The American College of Prosthodontists reports that over 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. There are also over 36 million Americans alone that are missing all of their teeth. That’s a lot of missing teeth!
If you lose a tooth or have to have it removed, it can weaken your gum tissue and surrounding bone in that area. In many cases, gum disease has caused the gums to recede from a tooth, which has caused that tooth to fall out. If this is the case, a patient might have more teeth fall out, as gum disease can cause a domino effect of tooth loss. This can lead to problems with eating, chewing, biting, speaking, self esteem and more. It can also lead to infections or decay that spreads to other parts of your mouth. Infections can get into your bloodstream and cause sickness in some patients and even death in extreme cases.
Your Tooth Extraction
If you lose a tooth, seek out a dentist immediately. However, if you have severe tooth decay or gum disease, it may require a tooth extraction from us. A tooth extraction is when we remove a tooth due to severe decay, advanced gum disease (which involves loss of supporting bone), infection or abscess, impacted teeth, fractured teeth or roots, or orthodontic correction. Dr. Niles will do a careful examination of your teeth to determine treatment. If a tooth extraction is necessary, she will take an x-ray to see the shape and position of the tooth in your surrounding bone. If needed, we can refer you to an oral surgeon for your tooth extraction.
Once your tooth has been removed, we can provide you a dental implant. This consists of a metal post placed in the jaw bone that is incredibly sturdy. Once the post has healed, we attach a new customized tooth on top that fits in with your smile and maintains the support your mouth and surrounding teeth need to stay healthy. A dental implant is a great option after a tooth extraction has taken place.
Practice Good Hygiene
We recommend that you always practice good oral hygiene to prevent the loss of a tooth or a tooth extraction. Even one missing tooth can have a major impact on your oral health and appearance. We take every measure we can to prevent tooth loss, but in some cases a tooth extraction is your best option. However, prevention is also key to keeping your smile intact. If you have a tooth that has been causing you pain, or you simply haven’t seen the dentist in awhile, schedule your appointment today! Simply call Niles Family Dentistry at (303) 652-0400 to keep your smile intact!