By sticking to a good hygiene routine every day, which means brushing at least twice and flossing at least once, you have a good chance at preventing most dental issues. Those chances increase when you also stick to a regular schedule of dental checkup and cleaning appointments. Together, this preventive routine can help you keep your smile healthy for life and preserve your natural teeth. However, there are some instances in which extracting a tooth is the only way to maintain your good oral health, and today, we take a look at two of the most common reasons why.
When a wisdom tooth is impacted
Wisdom teeth are infamous for the variety of dental issues they can lead to when they become impacted by nearby teeth. Wisdom teeth often don’t have enough room to grow and erupt properly, and as they become obstructed by the molars already present, they can lead to increasing tooth pain, damage, and the forced misalignment of your teeth. Extracting an impacted wisdom tooth is the only way to alleviate these symptoms and restore your good oral health.
When a tooth root is fractured
Most modern restorative treatments are designed specifically to fortify and rebuild damaged tooth structure. However, most restorations are made for the top portion of your tooth, known as the crown. When your tooth’s root is damaged, there may not be a way to restore it; the root rests within your jawbone, and extracting and replacing the tooth could be the only way to restore your smile.
Ask Your Dentist if You Need Tooth Extraction
In some cases, tooth extraction may be unavoidable for the good of your oral health. To learn more, schedule an appointment as soon as possible by calling Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849. We proudly welcome patients and families from Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, Sealy, Columbus, and all surrounding communities.