Keeping your natural teeth for as long as possible is ideal, but we all know that’s not realistic for everyone.
Today, our team at Bayou Dental Group wants to make sure you know you can count on us for high-quality, comfortable tooth extraction procedures in Monroe, LA should you ever need one.
We’re also sharing some common reasons we would need to remove a tooth and how you can avoid the problems behind them!
Reasons You Might Need A Tooth Extraction
Here are a few common reasons you might need a tooth extraction at some point in your lifetime:
*When A Tooth Is Severely Damaged*
Accidents happen, and when those accidents involve dental damage, you could find yourself needing a tooth extraction.
Without a properly-fitting athletic mouthguard, for example, you could suffer an oral injury that loosens or severely breaks a tooth to the extent that saving it either isn’t possible or the best course of action for your dental health.
*When A Tooth Is Decayed*
A cavity isn’t the worst thing that could happen to your dental health, but that’s only true when it’s caught early and treated while it’s still small. But ideally, we want our patients to avoid tooth decay and cavities as much as possible, which is why we often suggest fluoride varnishes and dental sealants as an effective preventive step.
But tooth decay without swift intervention can deteriorate a tooth to the point that it’s beyond saving and needs to be removed.
*When A Tooth Is Infected Or Diseased*
Any time there’s an infection inside your mouth, whether it’s affecting the inside of a tooth or your gum tissues surrounding it, it’s critical to your oral and overall health to eradicate it.
But that’s not always possible, especially if you haven’t been to the dentist in a long time and the infection has had too much time to fester.
If a tooth is too far gone as a result, we may have to extract it in order to protect your mouth and your body from letting the infection spread any further!
This is one of the reasons it’s so vital to your smile to visit us routinely for dental cleanings and exams. The sooner we detect an oral infection, the better your chances for avoiding irreversible damage!
How To Avoid A Tooth Extraction!
Obviously, we want all of our patients to be able to go a lifetime without needing a tooth extraction. It’s normally something we reserve as a last resort to protect your oral health because nothing will ever work as well as your natural teeth.
That’s why it’s our goal to help you avoid the dental problems we’ve just talked about!
It’s possible to prevent damage, decay, and gum disease by:
- Brushing and flossing every single day
- Maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle
- Keeping up with routine dental cleanings and exams
- Protecting teeth and gums during sports with athletic mouthguards
- Avoiding tobacco, sugar, and excessive alcohol consumption
- Knowing your risks for gum disease and other oral health problems
A tooth extraction can also be a proactive step that opens the door for restoring your oral health and your beautiful smile rather than merely a response to a current dental problem. This would apply to things like making room for orthodontic treatment or for tooth replacement solutions using dental implants.
Schedule An Appointment!
There are certainly other reasons to extract a tooth, but these are some of the most common, and avoidable, among them.
But as well all know, dental problems and injuries can still affect us, despite our best efforts!
So when you can’t prevent the issues that require a tooth extraction procedure, at least you know there’s a caring, skilled team in Monroe, LA waiting to help you!
We’ll do everything we can to make sure you’re relaxed and comfortable during your procedure and that you’re given all the tools you need to optimize a successful outcome for your smile!