The idea of having a tooth extracted can make many people cringe, or worse, can give them reason to avoid going to the dentist altogether. While extracting a tooth is not an ideal solution, in many cases it is necessary in order to preserve oral health or to create adequate space for teeth to grow in properly while maintaining the correct alignment.
Some teeth need to be pulled due to situations beyond our control, such as an impacted wisdom tooth that will simply not erupt on its own as it should and can lead to potential problems. However, tooth extractions due to badly decayed teeth or teeth that are injured as a result of a severe impact can in some cases be avoided. We’ve provided some tips that can help you avoid the need for these types of extractions.
For starters, maintaining your overall oral health is the most critical key in avoiding the possibility of losing a tooth due to decay. Not only should you adhere to a stringent oral hygiene regimen, including twice daily brushing and daily flossing, but you should also visit your dentist twice yearly. Some people think that it’s no big deal to miss these preventative appointments since there is nothing wrong with their teeth, but these routine visits are some of the most critical factors in keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
During regular preventative visits, your teeth will be professionally cleaned by the dentist or a dental hygienist. This will help get rid of built-up plaque and tartar that you cannot get rid of on your own, and doing so will help to prevent more serious tooth decay. The dentist will also have the opportunity during these bi-annual visits to check teeth for signs of decay. If found early, it is relatively easy to remove decay and replace the area of tooth decay with a dental filling. If not treated early, the decay is left to worsen, which can lead to the need eventually for a root canal or even the need to extract the tooth. This is a situation you want to avoid, and it is easy to do so if you simply visit your dentist regularly and take care of any minor problems as they are found, before they become more major issues.
Another way you can avoid the need for an extraction is to keep your teeth well protected during activities that can result in potential damage due to impact. The best way to do this is by wearing a properly fitting mouthguard when playing contact sports or during other situations which can result in a blow to the mouth that can chip, crack or loosen teeth. If a tooth is damaged or injured due to impact, the end result is often that the tooth needs to be pulled because the damage is too extensive to repair.
By being vigilant about your dental health and taking a few precautions to avoid injury, you can do your part in avoiding the need for a tooth extraction.
For more information about tooth extractions, contact Gentle Dental in Queens at 718-461-0100.