When is an Emergency Tooth Extraction Necessary?

Dark haired man in dental chair with a pained look on his face and a hand on his cheek indicating the possibility of emergency tooth extractions

With the exception of wisdom teeth removal, tooth extraction is not optimal. We want you to keep all of your teeth and we’re sure you do, too. That’s why it’s important to know the common causes of emergency tooth extractions. If you know what can lead to these urgent situations, you may be able to avoid them.

Severe Tooth Decay

Cavities, also known as dental caries, can cause you to have a tooth that is damaged to the point of no return. The first option would be to perform root canal therapy to clean the infected area within the tooth to try and save it. Emergency tooth extractions become necessary if the infection has spread too far. Therefore, to prevent tooth decay and cavities, dental hygiene is a must. Brush twice daily for two minutes each day and be sure to floss daily. Avoid foods that are high in sugar and carbohydrates. Finally, be sure to visit the dentist twice yearly. We can screen for decay and infection, provide a thorough cleaning by a dental professional to remove plaque and tartar and stop problems in their tracks.

Dental Trauma

Dental trauma is when a tooth gets damaged or knocked out from the outside. This usually happens while playing sports, but can also happen during falls or accidents. If a tooth is damaged and is knocked out, you can try to reimplant it yourself. Rinse it with water and hold onto the crown part of the tooth. If the tooth is broken and the damage is severe, you may need an emergency extraction. If this happens, we’ll discuss tooth replacement options with you.

Dental Abscess

Dental abscess is when a tooth becomes infected and swells with pus from the inside. The problem is that sometimes you may not be aware you have an abscess. If it progresses and infection worsens, you will need to have your tooth removed quickly. Untreated abscesses can have serious health consequences. To prevent this from happening, always treat toothaches as a dental emergency. Call us as soon as you notice the problem. We can help.

Advanced Periodontal Disease

Advanced periodontal disease can cause the bones of the mouth to become severely damaged, leading to loose and lost teeth. If the problem becomes too advanced, you’ll need an emergency extraction. Taking care of teeth and gums is the way to prevent periodontal disease. Brushing, flossing, and using an anti-gingivitis mouthwash will all help. Let us know at your next appointment if you notice bleeding, swollen gums or loose teeth. This could be a sign of periodontitis.

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