Once our permanent teeth grow in, we just assume we will have them for life—however, there are certain injuries and problems that can occur over time that may require our San Diego dentists, Dr. Daniel Stevens, Dr. Christina Tsang, and Dr. Vahid Tabibzadeh, to remove one or more of your teeth. Here are the most common reasons why a tooth extraction is performed:
While there is a lot our dentists can do to save a damaged tooth, sometimes if the damage is extensive enough, a tooth may be beyond repair. This usually occurs when decay has entered the inside of the tooth and infected the dental pulp. If the infection isn’t caught and treated with root canal therapy, it will continue to spread and create a detrimental effect on your oral health. In this case, the only way to stop the infection from spreading is to extract the tooth.
Severe Gum Disease
Gum disease is a serious problem. In fact, according to numbers from the CDC, this condition affects as many as half of all American adults, and is one of the leading causes of tooth loss the country.
Visiting your dentist every six months for routine cleanings and checkups, as well as daily brushing and flossing, are key to both gum disease prevention and catching the disease before it causes loose teeth and other long-term problems.
Impacted teeth are teeth that aren’t able to fully erupt through the gums. Wisdom teeth are the most common offender, as our jaws are often not large enough to accommodate this third set of molars. When wisdom teeth only partially emerge, this leaves an opening in the gums for bacteria to enter.
This opening in the gums can increase your risk of infection and other issues. More often than not, your dentist will recommend getting your wisdom teeth removed in order to prevent further issues with your smile.
Concerned? Call our San Diego Office Today
If you are dealing with a damaged tooth or if your wisdom teeth are starting to come in, it’s important that you have a dentist that you can turn to for care when you need it most. Turn to the expert and compassionate dental team at Omni Dental in San Diego, CA, by calling 619-224-5000.