No one looks forward to tooth extractions, but sometimes they are necessary. Although there is some discomfort that accompanies tooth removal, it is nothing compared to the problem that is causing the pain and discomfort in the first place. The oral health benefits make it worth resolving the problem, especially if you are in pain or have an infection.
The number one cause of tooth loss is periodontal disease, therefore, despite numerous modern advances, tooth extractions are sometimes still needed. Tooth extractions are one of the most common procedures performed and, outside of periodontal disease, there are a variety of reasons a dentist may opt for an extraction over another type of treatment. For example, children may need more room in their mouths as their adult teeth come in or when they are about to get braces. As a result, one or more teeth may be removed. Teeth are sometimes extracted when a person is fit for dentures. In general, though, when a tooth is removed it is usually due to serious decay that cannot be corrected otherwise. When the nerves have become infected or teeth are loosened by gum disease, extraction may be necessary not only to improve dental health, but to prevent a serious health issue.
It is important to remember that oral health is essential for one’s well-being. Having unhealthy teeth can lead to heart problems, persistent inflammation, and other concerns. Poor oral health is also associated with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, osteoporosis, and respiratory disease, among others. Memory can also be affected by poor oral conditions. Healthy teeth and gums allow a person to enjoy adequate nourishment, so nutritional deficiencies are reduced. Making enough room for other teeth to grow is necessary for dental health as well. Removal of all teeth is vital when dentures are going to become a new addition, and can truly improve a person’s quality of life when there is no more pain associated with decayed or damaged teeth.
To learn more about tooth extraction and conditions that may make extraction necessary, call Brookside Dental Care today, (610) 624-6070.