My family's dental health is important to me. Unfortunately for me, it is not as important to my little ones. Getting my kids to brush and floss on a daily basis is almost like taking on an obstacle course. I talked to my family's dentist about different methods I could try to encourage them to brush and floss on a regular basis. Some of the tricks worked, some did not. After some experimentation and talking to other parents, I was able to come up with a lot of great tips for helping kids care for their teeth. I started this blog to help other parents get creative when it comes to their kids and dental care.
While there is a vast array of dental issues that you can contend with as an adult, many people can agree that they are treatable with the right dental care. Cavities, for example, may require root canal therapy, but you can rest assured that you will retain the affected tooth. Tooth sensitivity can be incredibly painful, but with the use of prescription-grade fluoride, the dentist can alleviate these symptoms.
Whichever the case, you can rest assured that you will not be losing any teeth at your dental appointment. So when a general dentist suggests a dental extraction as the best course of treatment, you could be wondering which scenarios would make losing one or more teeth more ideal than keeping your dental formula intact. To help you come to terms with that, here are a few of the reasons why you would need to see a general dentist for dental extraction.
Trauma to the Tooth
One characteristic about teeth that may surprise you is that healthy teeth can be stronger than your bones, as their structural integrity allows them to withstand great amounts of comprehensive force without succumbing to breakage. Nonetheless, this force has to be applied evenly. If you get into an accident and high impact is directed to one part of your mouth or if you are to slip, fall, and land face flat on the hard ground, the directional force will not be uniformly distributed, which will lead to structural damage to one or more teeth.
In some cases, the root of the tooth can splinter below the gum line, rendering the tooth dead. Additionally, if the impact was strong enough to expose the tooth pulp and damage it along with the nerve endings, the chances of salvaging the tooth will be incredibly low. Fortunately, once the general dentist performs surgical tooth extraction, they can provide you with tooth replacement solutions such as dental bridges or dental implants.
Crowding of your teeth can crop up due to a range of latent causes. Most commonly, you will be affected by this dental issue if your jaw does not have adequate room for all your teeth, perhaps because your teeth are too big or your jaw is too small, both of which stem from genetics. Nevertheless, you may also end up dealing with dental crowding if your teeth are misaligned, if you lost your milk teeth prematurely, and so on.
Usually, mild to moderate crowning can be resolved through orthodontics since only a few anterior teeth are overlying each other. Severe crowding, conversely, will mandate dental extraction, as multiple overlapped anterior teeth will not respond to orthodontic treatment without creating space for this therapy to be effective.
Seeing a general dentist regularly is important for oral health. Be sure to set up an appointment with one today.