The teeth help us with everyday activities such as biting and chewing food, smiling, speech, etc. Also, they help us maintain a pleasing facial appearance by keeping the cheeks and chin fuller. Sometimes, the teeth may have to be removed due to causes such as cavities, external damage, severe wear, etc. We will perform a tooth extraction to remove it in its entirety and discuss the best means to restore the extracted tooth.
When would a tooth extraction be necessary?
Cavities: Cavities are caused due to the adverse effects of the tartar deposits present on the teeth. They are filled with thousands of microbes that deposit on the teeth in the form of dark patches. When the cavity is left unrestored for a long time, it could grow deeper and wider, thereby making it almost impossible to restore the tooth. After a thorough diagnosis, the dentist will determine whether it is possible to restore the tooth using a filling. If not, it has to be extracted entirely from the jawbone.
External damage: When the teeth sustain external damage, resulting in cracks, chipping, or a broken tooth, the resulting condition could be very painful. Ideally, we try to restore such teeth using tooth restorations like crowns, veneers, composite bonding, etc. But, if the extent of damage is too much, we may have to remove it to keep you from going through complications.
Impacted teeth: Impacted teeth are the ones that get stuck in the jawbone while erupting. There isn’t a definite cause behind impacted teeth. Although, failing to get the tooth treated can lead to severe complications, such as pain, risk of infection, etc. In most cases, wisdom teeth tend to get impacted, and the best way to treat the condition is by getting the tooth extracted.
Apart from these common scenarios, dental extractions may also be required when you choose to get orthodontic treatment (to make space for the movement of the teeth), when a baby tooth refuses to fall off by itself, treat crowding of teeth, etc. After removing the tooth, it could be restored using prosthetic dental restorations such as bridges or implants.
Please schedule an appointment online or call us at (401)-732-5566 to have a consultation with our dentist, and we will be happy to assist you further.