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When is an Extraction Necessary?

Find out when pulling a tooth may actually be the best option for your smile.

While our goal is almost always to preserve your natural teeth whenever possible, there are some scenarios in which our Silver Spring, MD, dentists, Dr. Gregory Hysong and Dr. Lynda LePore, may recommend undergoing dental extraction. An extraction may be necessary if you are dealing with any of these three dental issues:

Severely Damaged Teeth

A tooth that is cracked, fractured, or severely decayed can often be treated with root canal therapy and a dental crown; however, if the infection is serious and widespread, a simple root canal alone may not be enough.

Here at Colesville Dentistry, your dentists will examine the tooth to determine whether it can be saved with a root canal, or whether the only way to stop the source of infection is by extracting the tooth.

Complications of Advanced Gum Disease

Gum disease doesn’t just impact the health of the gums but also the teeth, bone, and ligaments of the gums that support the teeth. If left untreated, gingivitis can turn into full-blown gum disease, which can impact the bones, ligaments, and tissue. Advanced periodontitis can even cause loose teeth. If teeth become too loose, an extraction is often necessary.

By visiting your dentist every six months for dental cleanings and checkups, we can catch the early warning signs of gum disease to prevent this problem from happening to you.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars to come in, and they usually appear during your teen years. Most of the time, there isn’t enough room in our mouths to accommodate these teeth. When this happens, wisdom teeth only partially erupt through the gums. This is known as an impacted tooth.

This partially erupted tooth leaves an opening in the gums where bacteria can get trapped and cause decay, gum disease, and infections. Furthermore, since most wisdom teeth do not come in straight this can also damage surrounding teeth. Removing wisdom teeth early on can prevent these problems from happening in the first place.

Concerned? Give Us a Call

Whether you are dealing with impacted wisdom teeth or you have questions about the health and care of your teeth the dental team at Colesville Dentistry in Silver Spring, MD, can help. Call our office today at (301) 384-6000 to schedule a consultation with your dentists, Dr. Hysong or Dr. LePore.

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