October 22, 2016
When it comes to restorative dentistry, the whole point is to restore your teeth. It’s right in the name. However, there are times when it is impossible to restore a tooth. That’s when a tooth needs to be removed. At our Kansas City, MO dental office, Dr. Stiver will do everything he can to save your teeth.
Tooth Extractions Cases
Here are some cases when a tooth might have to be removed anyway.
– A tooth’s pulp got infected and was not treated soon enough.
Your mouth is home to harmful bacteria. That’s why you need to brush, floss, and visit our Kansas City, MO dental office regularly. You cannot hope to get rid of bacteria permanently, but you can keep them under control. Normally, these bacteria can cause two problems: cavities and gum disease. However, they can cause a third problem that can grow serious — dental pulp infection.
Your dental pulp is inside each tooth. It’s home to all of the blood vessels and nerve endings. When your pulp is healthy, you feel nothing because nothing is triggering the nerves. Healthy pulp also keeps the tooth “alive.” If harmful bacteria get into your tooth, they infect your dental pulp. This soon becomes a powerful toothache as the bacteria trigger those nerves.
If the infection is not treated with a root canal, then the tooth can die as the infection spreads out of control. The only way to relieve the pain is to extract the infected tooth.
– A tooth is going to fall out thanks to gum disease, so it’s better to control how it comes out.
The same bacteria that can infect the dental pulp can also infect your gums. When that bacteria is only on the surface, you have what’s called gingivitis. Your gums are being damaged and can recede from your teeth. They can also bleed when you brush and feel swollen or tender. When the bacteria finally get inside and infect your gums, that’s called periodontitis. Here, your gums pull away from your teeth even more. This stage of the disease also begins to cause your jawbone to deteriorate. Without the healthy gum and bone tissues to support your teeth, they can become loose.
By this point, it’s really only a matter of time before one or more falls out completely. You could end up swallowing them or experiencing lots of pain before they finally come out. In these cases, removing the tooth can save you pain and make sure it happens safely.
– One of your wisdom teeth is creating problems that jeopardizes your dental health.
Your third molars (also called wisdom teeth) come in much later than your other teeth. That’s why they can usually cause problems. If the molar does not come all the way in — part of it remains covered by your gums — this is called an impacted molar. Food can collect there, making it harder to keep clean and avoid tooth decay. Another common problem is when the third molar tries to come in underneath part of the second molar. This could push all of the teeth out of alignment, since they’re all side by side. This can even damage your second molar.
If either of these happens, it’s usually best to remove the wisdom tooth. Besides, it’s often difficult to reach that far back with a toothbrush. Even if your wisdom teeth come in without problems, you might soon have some.
– Your mouth is overcrowded thanks to too many permanent teeth.
Everybody is supposed to have 32 permanent teeth in their smile. Many people have fewer, because either one was removed or some permanent teeth just never showed up. For other people, the problem is too many teeth. If this happened to you, your smile can easily look overcrowded and unsightly.
In this case, the only solution is to remove one of the unneeded teeth. It will help your smile look normal and keep your teeth aligned and even.
– A tooth has a cavity so large that fillings and dental crowns cannot repair the damage.
Cavities are probably the most common problem in dentistry. Harmful bacteria secrete an acid that corrodes the enamel on your teeth. This corrosion creates a small hole called a cavity. If you don’t repair the damage, the cavity will only get larger and more painful. When a cavity is small, a tooth filling can be used. Dr. Stiver will remove the corroded enamel and bacteria. Then he’ll fill in the hole with a filling. If the cavity is too big for a filling, you can get a dental crown instead. This will seal up and protect the tooth.
However, there are cases when a cavity was neglected for so long that even a crown will not work. By that point, there just isn’t enough healthy enamel for a filling or crown to hold onto. The only way to relieve the pain and save your other teeth is to remove the badly damaged tooth.
Call us at 816-399-5539 for your next appointment. The sooner we can treat your dental problems, the less likely it is that you’ll need a tooth removed.