5 Signs You Need an Extraction

xray of improperly erupting wisdom teeth

Do you feel like you may need an extraction, but aren’t sure? Tooth extractions can be necessary for a variety of different reasons, but primarily when a tooth has been severely damaged to the extent that it can no longer be saved. To learn more about when this treatment is necessary, here are 5 signs you need an extraction.

You Have Severely Damaged Teeth

Teeth that have been significantly damaged may also require removal. This can including a broken or chipped tooth caused by a sharp impact. If the tooth cannot be salvaged or treated, removal can be necessary, followed by a dental implant.

You Have Severely Infected Teeth

Without proper oral care, teeth can become infected over time. If you have a tooth that has become severely infected, the level of decay can prevent any treatment, such as a root canal, from being effective. Extraction at this point would be necessary to prevent the infection from spreading, which can end up seriously impacting your overall health and well-being if left ignored.

Your Potential Risk of Infection Is High

In some cases, if your immune system is significantly weakened due to treatment, such as chemotherapy, your dentist may recommend a tooth extraction to eliminate any potential risk of infection since it can be extremely taxing and dangerous on the body. If you are undergoing chemotherapy and are experiencing significant tenderness, swelling, redness, or have a tooth that has been seriously damaged or infected, it may need to be removed.

You Have Severely Loose Teeth

A severely loose tooth can highlight the onset of gum disease in a patient, and usually, this will mean the tooth must be removed to treat and prevent the damage from impacting the teeth and bones nearby. If you have a very loose tooth, this could be a sign that you need an extraction.

It is so important to take good care of your teeth and gums to protect your oral health and the health of your entire body. If you notice any signs of severe swelling or discomfort in your mouth, always reach out to your dentist and book an appointment right away to have it examined. The dentist will always perform a thorough inspection, including X-rays, before deciding on a necessary extraction.

At Dow’s Lake Dentistry, our priority is always to give the best in oral care, and to ensure that patients feel safe and comfortable, especially during the extraction process. If you’re concerned about a tooth and think an extraction might be required, contact us today to set up an appointment.