Having a Tooth Extraction

Before, tooth extraction was encouraged for many dental problems. Today, however, one of the major goals of dentists is to prevent tooth loss. The best choice, according to them, is to keep your natural teeth for as long as possible. Dentists are performing all possible measures in attempts at preserving and maintaining your teeth because losing even a single tooth can significantly affect your dental health, biting, chewing, speech, biting, and appearance.

When a tooth can be saved?

Root canal therapy is encouraged over extraction in cases where a tooth can be saved. In such a case, extraction is avoided because it can cause trauma to the patient, may affect memory, you lose about 10% of your biting and chewing ability, and may lose other teeth as a result of drifting. In addition, tooth extraction increases the risk of bacteremias, especially if you have heart problems, or if you’re predisposed to joint infections and/or bacterial endocarditis.

Another danger of tooth extraction is that it can release 68% – 84% more bacteria into your blood stream, which can have significant effect on your overall health. A root canal therapy, on the other hand, is less invasive and much safer. It also saves you money in the long run since you don’t need a bridge or an implant which is more time-consuming and expensive.

When tooth extraction is necessary?

Although damaged teeth can be saved using modern dental methods, some must be extracted. Tooth extraction is the dentist’s last resort, when all other therapy or treatment alternatives have been exhausted. It may be necessary: when the tooth is so badly decayed or damaged that it can’t be saved using root canal therapy; when there’s an abscess on the tooth’s nerve; when the tooth impedes normal tooth growth; when the tooth is severely damaged by advanced periodontal disease; and when there’s a loss of supporting gums, bone, or tissue

In addition, tooth extraction is encouraged when a patient feels excessive pain. Patients with head and neck cancer may also need to have some of their teeth extracted, since they could affect radiation delivery at the treatment area. Dentists recommend extraction of any tooth that has a high risk of infection before any treatment that slacken the immune system – such as chemotherapy and immunosuppression needed for organ transplant – to prevent complications.

Other reasons a tooth must be extracted are the following: orthodontic correction (for teeth crowding, for example), impacted teeth, malpositioned teeth, nun-functional teeth, unrestorable tooth, fractured teeth or roots, and preparation for a complete denture.