It’s hard to blame someone for wanting to hold onto their natural teeth. But in many cases, removing failing teeth can help preserve other teeth. And in other cases, removing failing teeth can make way for replacement teeth: dental implants. Take a look at some of the reasons why tooth extractions are absolutely necessary.
Minor chips and breaks can be repaired with dental bonding or veneers. Major breaks can be repaired with dental crowns. But severe trauma to a tooth or teeth may need to be completely extracted if the nerves inside the tooth or teeth have been badly damaged.
Tooth Decay and Gum Disease
Gum disease and tooth decay can rot both the exterior and interior of a tooth, causing the tooth to fail and eventually fall out. Though the tooth can’t be saved, a tooth extraction can prevent the bacterial infection and decay from spreading to other teeth.
Wisdom Teeth and Crowding
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to take root in the jawbone and emerge from beneath the gums into the interior of the mouth. If there isn’t enough space for wisdom teeth, or any other forming teeth, you may need to have those teeth extracted in order to avoid crowding or “impacting.”
Here’s a look at crowding and impacting:
Crowding – new teeth can force established teeth to move, throwing them out of alignment. Teeth that had been straight may become crooked or may protrude.
Impacting – new teeth are blocked by established teeth. This can cause infections to develop.
If you have failing teeth that are loose, and on their way out, you’ll need to have them extracted to make way for new dental implants. Dental implants are the top solution for replacing missing teeth. They offer a fresh start for those who have lost teeth. In order to take advantage of this fresh start, you have to let go of the past: your old teeth that are now failing. Left in place, those failing teeth, which harbor gum disease, can compromise your fresh start.
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