If you are experiencing severe pain in a tooth, you may be wondering if you will need to have the tooth pulled. This uncertainty evokes fear in many people’s minds, but despite any fears you may have, it’s important to visit a dentist when you experience any type of severe pain in your tooth or gums. Only a trained dentist will be able to determine if you need a tooth extraction or if the tooth can be saved by another type of procedure.
One way you can avoid the necessity of an extraction due to serious issues with your teeth is to address any minor problems before they become major issues. The best way to do this is to stick to a regular routine of preventative dental appointments. During these appointments, your teeth will be professionally cleaned, which makes it less likely that they will develop serious decay. It also gives the dentist the opportunity to identify any potential decay or other issues with your teeth while they are still relatively minor, and hopefully treatable.
By treating any sources of tooth decay when first uncovered, it makes it less likely that you’ll ever have a need for a tooth extraction. However, there are other reasons that you may find yourself needing to have a tooth pulled. For example, if you sustain an injury that leaves your tooth badly damaged or partially broken off, the best course of action may be to remove the remaining portion of the tooth that is left in your mouth and to have an appropriate tooth replacement handle the job originally done by the natural tooth.
Although avoiding a sudden or severe injury to your tooth that may require extraction is not as simple as just staying vigilant about making regular trips to the dentist, there are still things you can do to make it less likely that you’ll sustain any type of serious injury to your tooth. For example, if you engage in contact sports, it’s important to wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth from sudden injury. It’s also important, for the sake of your teeth as well as your overall well being, to wear seat belts while in a car, to adhere to proper safety precautions when riding a bike and to be careful when doing any type of physical activity. Even walking can result in a slip or fall that can leave you with an injury to your mouth that may require a tooth extraction.
The most important thing to remember is that if you experience any type of injury to your mouth or you have sudden or severe pain, you should make an immediate appointment with your dentist to assess the situation. Do not allow the fear of a potential tooth extraction keep you from receiving the care you need because if left untreated, you can will likely experience more pain and more serious problems than anything you’ll otherwise undergo by having the dentist take any necessary steps, including having to pull the tooth, to preserve your oral health.
For more information about tooth extractions, or to schedule an appointment with a dentist if you think you may need a tooth extracted, contact Gentle Dental in Queens at 718-461-0100.