When is Tooth Extraction Necessary? Your Cupertino Dentist Explains

pretty girl hand over mouthLosing a tooth may not exactly seem like a preferable treatment option. In fact, tooth loss is one of the most severe results of the dental diseases that your oral hygiene is designed to prevent. Nevertheless, there are certain instances when extracting one or more of your teeth is necessary for the good of your oral health, in which case replacing them is just as necessary. Today, your Cupertino dentist, Dr. Randall LaFrom, explains when tooth extraction would actually be a good thing, and why.

Reasons for Tooth Extraction

Extensive Damage

Although your teeth are the strongest part of your body, they’re not indestructible, and unlike your bones, they can’t repair themselves when damaged or infected with disease. If severe damage renders your tooth, it may no longer effectively withstand the pressures of use. In extreme cases, such as a cracked tooth root, the tooth likely can’t be saved and will need extraction and replacement.

Severe Disease

Tooth decay is the most common dental disease today, affecting over 90% of adults in the United States. Typically, the infection can be resolved by removing and replacing diseased tooth structure, which can often leave your tooth structurally weaker than it was before. If tooth decay progresses to your tooth’s nerves and blood vessels and spreads through its roots, then extracting the tooth may be the only option for stopping the spread of infection to the tissues surrounding it.

Crowded Space

Sometimes, even seemingly healthy teeth require extraction; most commonly, the wisdom teeth that attempt to erupt after your dental ridges are already full. Referred to as impacted wisdom teeth, these molars can push against the teeth already present, forcing them out of position, throwing your bite out of alignment, and causing severe tooth discomfort. Since your mouth can operate efficiently with only 28 teeth instead of 32, extracting wisdom teeth doesn’t negatively affect your oral health and function.

Learn More About Necessary Tooth Extraction with Your Cupertino Dentist

If you must lose a tooth, ask Dr. LaFrom about replacing it with a dental implant—the only option that can replace the root(s) of your lost tooth and help preserve your oral health’s integrity. To learn more about necessary tooth extraction and replacement, schedule a visit with your Cupertino dentist by calling LaFrom Dentistry today at (408) 996-8595. Located in the 95014 area, we proudly serve patients from Cupertino, Saratoga, Campbell, Sunnyvale, San Jose, Santa Clara County, Silicon Valley, and the surrounding communities.

~ by cupertinodentist on August 21, 2013.

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