Dental extractions help to eliminate the source of dental pain, preventing infection from spreading into adjacent healthy teeth. Sometimes removing a tooth is the most beneficial thing that Dr. Gregory Mark can do for your smile as a whole.
Reasons to Have a Tooth Extracted
Severe Tooth Decay — In instances where a cavity is so large that it physically compromises the majority of a tooth, it may be impossible to repair with a filling, crown, or even a root canal with a buildup. You may even have an active dental abscess that accompanies the cavity.
Periodontal Disease — Severe gum disease causes the supporting bone structure around teeth to dissolve. In such instances, the teeth usually become mobile or fall out on their own. To prevent the spread of infection, our Forest Hills dentist may recommend extracting the most infected teeth.
Abscessed Tooth — Most dental abscesses are treatable with a root canal. But if the infection is so severe that it’s invading surrounding structures and eroding the root surface itself, it may not be possible to treat any other way.
Severe Fractures or Cracks — A tooth that’s cracked will typically cause prolonged pain when you bite and chew. Hairline fractures may be difficult to diagnose in some cases. Dr. Mark has a special tool he can use to check for cracked teeth, if we expect a fracture.
Pain and Emergencies — Toothaches can be so severe that sometimes extractions are the best solution for fast pain relief. If Dr. Mark does not think he can manage the dental pain with medication and therapeutic care (due to the type of injury or infection,) he may recommend a same-day emergency tooth extraction instead.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
Your third molars (wisdom teeth) may need to be extracted if there’s not enough room for them to come in correctly. Sometimes wisdom teeth are fully or partially impacted, leading to painful swelling or pressure against your adjacent teeth.
Because of their location, even a fully erupted wisdom tooth is difficult to keep clean. Dr. Mark frequently sees cases of gum disease and tooth decay in wisdom teeth, even in individuals with excellent oral hygiene. If we feel that your third molars are at an elevated risk of developing an infection — or you’re in pain — we’ll likely recommend a preemptive wisdom tooth extraction before more problems develop.
Will I Need Bone Grafting After an Extraction?
Depending on the health and anatomy of your mouth — and what you plan to do after the extraction in regard to tooth replacement — you might also need a bone graft. Grafting helps to strengthen and reinforce your jaw, so that something such as a dental implant can be successfully installed.
Bone grafting adds more density to the area where the tooth has been taken out. It can take few months for new bone development and fusion to occur, so it’s best to place your graft while your mouth is still in the recovery stages of your extraction.