Even if your dentist tells you that tooth extraction is necessary, you might think twice about the fact that the treatment means you’ll lose one of your permanent teeth. However, despite the loss, tooth extraction is often a good idea, especially when you have a tooth that can’t be saved or that poses a threat to the rest of your oral health. To find out for sure, ask your dentist about the need for tooth extraction, and how it might benefit the long-term health and integrity of your smile.
When a wisdom tooth is impacted
Wisdom tooth impaction is one of the most common reasons behind tooth extraction. Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are often extraneous, meaning your bite doesn’t rely on them to function properly. It also means you may not have enough room on your dental ridges to erupt properly. An impacted wisdom tooth can cause severe discomfort as it pushes against the nearby teeth, and extracting it is the only way to stop it.
When a damaged tooth can’t be restored
Cracked, fractured, and broken teeth can often be restored with a custom-made, lifelike dental crown. However, some cases of tooth damage are so severe that even completely capping the tooth isn’t enough to restore it. For instance, if the majority of the tooth’s structure is compromised, or if the root is cracked or broken, then your dentist might have to extract and replace the tooth to restore its health and function.
Find Out if You Really Need Tooth Extraction
To find out if tooth extraction really is necessary, speak with your dentist during your next visit. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Lake Bluff, Chicago, Libertyville, Gurnee, Highland Park, Vernon hills, Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Bannockburn, Ravinia, and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.