Do you think you need to have a tooth extracted? The thought can be overwhelming and intimidating. Maybe the tooth is causing you pain, maybe the tooth is crowding your other teeth, or maybe the tooth is infected. There are many reasons you may need to have a tooth extracted.

At Plymouth Dentistry, we believe that extracting a patient’s tooth is the option of last resort. We say that not because extracting a tooth is an uncomfortable procedure (it’s not) but because we have many methods to restore your tooth to health. But there are occasions that necessitate the pain-free extraction of a tooth.

So in today’s post of our dental health blog, we’re going to look at three common reasons you may need to have a tooth extracted. We’ll also look at the potential alternatives to extracting the tooth and tell you what you can expect if we have to extract the tooth.

Reason #1: Your Tooth is Badly Damaged or Decayed

Teeth can become badly decayed over time due to poor oral hygiene, genetic factors, or even an accident. For small to medium-sized cavities, we can often restore the tooth to full form and function with a simple dental filling. For larger problems, we may recommend a dental crown procedure. A dental crown is an artificial but extremely lifelike cap that is placed over the affected tooth.

However, a cavity can grow to the point that a simple dental filling or dental crown procedure is not sufficient to repair the tooth. Your tooth may be too damaged, such as when it breaks into fragments, to effectively repair the tooth.

Reason #2: Wisdom Teeth are Causing You Troubles

Your third molars, commonly called wisdom teeth, often have to be extracted to prevent problems to your other teeth. At our office, we extract erupted and partially erupted wisdom teeth. Partially erupted wisdom teeth are teeth that have not fully emerged from your gums. This can lead to painful problems with decay if the tooth is not extracted.

Even erupted wisdom teeth often have to be removed if they are crowding your other molars. This type of dental crowding can lead to recurrent toothaches and other oral health problems. In these instances, extracting a tooth may be the ideal way to end any toothaches you are having.

Reason #3: Your Tooth is Badly Infected

A tooth becomes infected when bacteria reaches the soft, inner material of a tooth. This can lead to toothaches, sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, and other discomfort. In most instances a root canal procedure can be used to remove the infection from your tooth.

Despite their fearsome stigma, a root canal is a safe and comfortable procedure. During a root canal we clean out the inside of your tooth to remove infection and damaged nerves. The inside of your tooth is then cleaned and sealed. (We often recommend restoring a tooth with a dental crown after a root canal.)

However, without proper dental care, infections can become serious enough that a root canal is not enough to save the tooth. There may even be a risk of the infection spreading to other areas of your mouth. In such cases, we may recommend having the tooth extracted.

Extractions are a Safe and Comfortable Procedure

If you find out you need to have a tooth extracted, there’s no reason to panic! At your home for Plymouth family dentistry, we perform tooth extractions with personalized care in a safe and cozy office. If you’d like, we can also provide sedation dentistry services during your visit.

Dental sedation is one of the most effective ways for nervous or anxious patients to undergo dental treatment in a comfortable manner. We offer both nitrous oxide sedation and oral sedation at our comfortable and modern office.

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a gas you breathe in through a nosepiece during your treatment. The nitrous oxide helps you feel relaxed and then quickly wears off following your procedure. Best of all, nitrous oxide sedation is complimentary!

We also offer oral sedation to our valued patients. Oral sedation is a stronger form of dental sedation. We prescribe a safe and effective medicine for you to take (in pill form) shortly before your procedure. This option is great for managing any nervousness you may be feeling.

Make an Appointment

Do you suspect that you may need to have a tooth extracted? Then give us a call! We’ll evaluate your oral health, including any alternatives you may have to getting the tooth extracted. If you do need to have a tooth extracted, we will do so in a completely comfortable manner. Call us today at (734) 224-4359 to schedule your appointment.