Each one of your teeth has an important function in your oral health and your smile. We avoid recommending a tooth extraction at Webster Groves Dental, whenever possible, because saving your natural teeth is often the most affordable ways to protect your health and your appearance.
Sometimes, however, biology has other plans and removing a tooth is the best way to eliminate infection, relieve pain, and help you get back on track to good oral health.
3 Common Conditions That May Warrant a Tooth Extraction
A Serious Infection
Whether you have an infection inside your tooth and a root canal will not work, or you suffer from advanced periodontal disease, sometimes removing your tooth may be the only option. Both root canals and periodontal disease are highly treatable in the early stages of development. As they progress, however, they can become more difficult to treat.
Broken Tooth at the Gumline
If your tooth breaks at or below the gumline, enough healthy structure may not exist to restore the tooth with a dental crown. In this case, we may recommend and extraction and tooth replacement with a dental implant or bridge.
Symptomatic Wisdom Teeth
Some wisdom teeth become troublesome because they do not fully erupt or they grow in at an odd angle. This can press against your other teeth or cause pain because there is simply not enough room for the wisdom teeth to grow in properly. Since they are at the very back of your upper and lower jaw, we will not replace wisdom teeth after an extraction.
If you suffer from tooth pain or believe you need a dental extraction, contact Webster Groves Dental to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Matthew Wenzel. We can provide your options, as well as any tooth replacement treatment necessary to protect your smile.