We all want our smiles to remain intact for life, but sometimes there are situations where your dentist will recommend a tooth extraction. While tooth extraction is an easy procedure and modern dentistry have devised ways to make it painless, it’s still daunting. It’s confidence shattering to find out that your dentist recommends a front tooth extraction. As much as you wouldn’t want to do it, there are reasons why it becomes necessary.
Irreparable Tooth Damage Because of Decay
When your tooth decay becomes worse, it can reach the center of your tooth. At the core of your tooth is a pulp. Decay can enter the pulp area and infect it. Initially, dentists try to treat it with a root canal. But if it is severe your dentist won’t have any other choice than to extract your tooth.
Solution to Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues that keep your teeth in place. These include your gums, alveolar bone, and periodontal ligaments. Earlier stage of the periodontal disease is gingivitis. It can be cured by a regular dental cleaning regimen. However, a severe periodontal disease can adversely affect your alveolar bone and periodontal ligaments. If that’s the case, your front tooth will need to be removed.
Accident or Trauma
Accidents can be dangerous for your teeth. Injuries or trauma during a game of baseball or being involved in a car crash can lead to chipped, broken, or cracked teeth and may damage your gums and other teeth. If it’s an infection, it can be treated by a root canal, but in most cases, extraction is the only way out.
What To Expect During an Extraction?
To begin the extraction, your dentist will give you an anesthetic shot for your gum and bone tissue surrounding your teeth. Then they will enlarge the tooth socket so that your tooth can separate from the ligament. Then by using forceps, your dentist will extract the tooth. With modern dentistry in place, this procedure has become painless and quick.
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