Tooth extraction may offer the best solution if a tooth is severely decayed, or your oral health is affected by a problem tooth. Albuquerque, NM, periodontist Dr. Petra Mayer helps you care for your smile with extractions, tooth restoration options, examinations, cleanings, fillings, cosmetic procedures and other dental services.
Pulling a decayed tooth protects your oral health
Tooth decay is usually treated by removing the decayed part of the tooth and replacing it with a filling. Unfortunately, if the decay is extensive, removing the tooth may be the only choice. Extraction also prevents the decay from spreading to other teeth.
Tooth extraction eliminates wisdom tooth pain
Wisdom tooth extraction is necessary if you don't have enough room in your jaw for your third set of molars to erupt fully. Partially or fully impacted wisdom teeth are blocked by tissue or bone. Impacted wisdom teeth can be very painful and may damage nerves and other teeth as they attempt to erupt. If your wisdom teeth erupt normally but are decayed, they may also need to be extracted.
Injuries can lead to tooth extraction
Although your teeth are strong, they can fracture or break if you fall on your mouth or experience a blow to your face. In some cases, your Albuquerque dentist may be able to repair and restore your tooth with a crown or root canal therapy. If the fracture extends into the root, it won't be possible to save the tooth.
Eliminating an infection may involve tooth extraction
An infection in the soft pulp located deep inside your tooth may lead to an extraction. In many cases, the infection can be treated with antibiotics, root canal therapy and a dental crown to strengthen the treated tooth. If the infection remains after treatment, you may need an extraction to safeguard your health. Infections in teeth can spread to other parts of your body if you don't receive prompt treatment and may even affect your heart or brain.
Extraction may be part of your orthodontic treatment
Your dentist may recommend extraction of one or more teeth before you're fitted with braces. Extracting the teeth makes it easier to treat crowding and helps ensure that your orthodontic treatment is successful.
Could you benefit from a tooth extraction? Call Albuquerque, NM, periodontist Dr. Petra Mayer at (505) 881-2400 to schedule your appointment.