Why Do I Need An Extraction?
No one wants to hear the word “extraction” when they are in the dental office. Visions of people in pain may race through your brain. You recall the horror stories you’ve heard over the years from people who’ve had bad extraction experiences. Your first inclination may be to ignore the recommendation, possibly even pretend you never heard it in the first place.
It is an unfortunate reality that at some point nearly every single one of us will need a dental extraction. What are some of the reasons why an extraction may be needed? And, what should you do once you’ve been given this news?
Reasons for Extractions
- Overcrowding – There are a couple of reasons why extractions are needed for overcrowding. First, many who go through braces, or orthodontics, will need to make room in their mouth for the proper alignment of teeth. The second reason to remove teeth due to overcrowding is because it can be very difficult to clean the teeth. Crowded, crooked teeth result in having to do the equivalent of dental gymnastics in order to try and thoroughly clean every tooth surface.
- Infection and Gum Disease – If someone has an infection, the tooth and surrounding bone may be weak and unable to support a tooth. At times, a dentist can perform a root canal to treat an infection but this doesn’t work 100% of the time, especially if the bone around the tooth has receded. The receding of bone and supportive tissues can also happen in the late stages of gum disease. If there isn’t enough bone structure to hold a tooth, the tooth will need to be extracted.
- Tooth Decay – Sometimes, if a patient has extensive tooth decay they can preserve the remaining tooth structure with a crown. At times, though, the decay is so progressed that there is not enough structure to support a crown. If this is the case, an extraction will need to be done.
When given the news that you need an extraction, first and foremost – don’t panic. Also, don’t beat yourself up. The need for an extraction has nothing to do with your worth as a human being. There are structural reasons as well as health reasons, which contribute to a person needing an extraction. Talk to your dental professional and get all of your questions answered. If it makes you more comfortable, get a second opinion. The more informed you are, the better you’ll feel about the situation.
Having a dental extraction isn’t the most pleasant experience in one’s life. With proper education, a kind dental staff, and an experienced dentist, though, the experience doesn’t have to be a bad one. If you need to put your mind at ease after receiving a treatment plan involving an extraction, call your dentist today. He or she will be happy to sit down with you and discuss all of your options as well as what can be done on their end and yours to make the experience as easy as possible.