Dentists work hard to help you keep your teeth strong and healthy, but there are times when tooth extraction is the best option. Your Klamath Falls, OR dentist, Dr. Kathryn E. Nicholson, explains why tooth removal may be needed.Tooth Extractions
You have an infection
Infections and abscesses are often successfully treated with antibiotics, but extraction is the best option in some cases. Infections are particularly dangerous because bacteria can travel through your bloodstream to other parts of your body. If the infection reaches your heart or brain, you could experience a heart attack or stroke. Abscesses and infections can be caused by:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Weakened immune system
- Chips or cracks (Bacteria can easily enter your teeth through these openings.)
A tooth breaks
Your teeth can break if you experience a blow to your mouth during a fall, accident or sporting event. In many cases, your Klamath Falls dentist will be able to treat the tooth, but if it’s severely damaged, extraction may be needed.
You don’t have enough room in your mouth
Some people are born with more teeth than can comfortably fit in their mouths. If you have too many teeth and are getting braces, your dentist may recommend extraction for one or more of them. Once the teeth are removed, there will be more room to bring your them into the proper alignment with braces.
Your wisdom teeth hurt
If you’re lucky, you have plenty of room in your mouth for wisdom teeth, the third set of molars. Unfortunately, many people must have these teeth removed. When there’s not enough room in your mouth, you may experience pain when your teeth try to grow in but they’re blocked by bone. An extraction is also needed if a cyst or infection forms around a wisdom tooth.
Are you concerned about a tooth? Call Klamath Falls, OR dentist, Dr. Kathryn E. Nicholson, at (541) 885-5578 and make an appointment today to learn if extraction is the best option.