Five Reasons for Emergency Tooth Extraction

Five Reasons for Emergency Tooth Extraction

Sep 01, 2020

Dental professions are determined to preserve every tooth and will do everything in their power to succeed in their objective. However, sometimes it becomes impossible for the dental professional to save a tooth that is severely damaged.

Dentists provide tooth extraction and other services required in emergency situations even beyond office hours for patients that need it the most. Sometimes dentists recommend emergency tooth extraction, and the five most common reasons for such recommendations are mentioned below for your reference.

What are the emergency situations that call for tooth extractions? Please continue reading to learn more about them.

  1. Fractured Tooth Under the Gums

When you chew food, your teeth absorb the most impact, and if your teeth are not fitting correctly when biting down, the force from chewing eventually cracks your lower molars. The risks of having a broken tooth increase significantly if you recently had root canal therapy or a large filling. If the fractured tooth is below the gum line, dentists must extract it at the earliest.

  1. Periodontal Disease

Gingivitis, which is the mildest form of gum disease, is reversible when detected and treated early. Routine cleanings and good oral hygiene can help to prevent gingivitis from progressing. However, if you allow it to progress to an advanced stage, the disease attacks your gums and other supporting structures of the teeth. After your gums have receded significantly, your teeth do not have the support needed and are more likely to fall out or require extraction. Periodontal disease cannot be cured easily, but dentists can undoubtedly stop its progress with scaling and root planing. The tooth extraction will be an unfortunate result of letting gingivitis progress into periodontal disease.

  1. Severe Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is a result of untreated plaque and tartar buildup. Dentists recommending emergency tooth extraction because of tooth decay are doing so because they cannot save a tooth without a healthy tooth structure but an only decayed structure to support it. In such cases, the dentists recommend emergency tooth extraction when the cavity expands itself and cannot be repaired by a filling, crown, or root canal.

  1. Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are your third molars that emerge between the ages of 17 to 25. Some people are fortunate enough to keep their wisdom teeth, while others just do not have sufficient space in their jaws to retain them. When insufficient space is available in the jaw, the wisdom teeth push the other teeth out of their path or remain impacted under the gums.

If you are experiencing pain with wisdom teeth, you must call a dentist as soon as possible. Your circumstances may demand that the wisdom teeth undergo emergency tooth extraction before compromising your oral health. X-rays can reveal impacted wisdom teeth beneath the gum line, and if necessary, the dentist will recommend an emergency wisdom tooth extraction.

  1. Crowded Teeth

Are you considering orthodontic treatment but have been advised by your orthodontist that you do not have sufficient space in your jaw for all your teeth? It is a common problem that can quickly be resolved by undergoing emergency tooth extraction for orthodontic reasons. The removal can help you have a straighter smile with better-looking teeth after undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Dentists and orthodontists are against the idea of having teeth extracted before beginning the treatment to straighten the teeth. However, in some patients, it will be a requirement rather than an exception, and therefore the tooth extraction must be performed for the benefit of the patient.

Given above are the five reasons when dental professionals recommend an emergency tooth extraction. You must understand that the recommendations are not regular and just exceptions because dentists are either powerless to preserve the tooth or the removal is necessitated by circumstances for the better oral health of the patient.

Dentists are steadfast in their determination not to recommend tooth extractions at any cost. However, in many cases, they are compelled to do so for reasons beyond their control. As a patient, you must understand patients never demand their teeth be extracted unless it is recommended to them by a dental professional. Emergency situations are entirely different, and in such cases, the better option would be to leave the decision of preserving or extracting the tooth to the discretion of the dental professional.

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