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By Drs Bradbury & Amato, PC
January 12, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Tooth Extractions  

You’re in pain; your tooth hurts every time you take a bite, and no matter what medicine you take, it won’t go away. You can barely brush your teeth without wincing. You may be ready to seek out a tooth extraction, but you’re not sure if the situation calls for it. Keep reading to learn more about when you should seek this type of treatment.

When It’s the Wrong Time

You’ve probably heard stories of people who have attempted to remove their own teeth in an effort to eliminate their tooth pain. In Extractionsfact, in the days of frontiersmen, resorting directly to tooth extraction to treat any and all tooth pain was common practice for early dentists.

This is troublesome for a number of reasons: first, because pulling teeth means leaving an open wound in the gum. Without proper care, the site could attract bacteria and become infected. When a gap is present, the surrounding teeth could begin to shift, bringing them out of alignment and causing bite problems. Worse yet, without something stimulating bone growth in the jaw, the jawbone and gum line could recede and lead to disfigurement.

When you’ve got tooth pain, don’t resort to extremes. Talk to your dentist about treatment any time you’re experiencing discomfort.

When It’s the Right Time

Though we try hard to avoid them, accidents happen. Tooth injury is a common result of head trauma and accidents. When teeth crack or break, they can become a breeding ground for infection if they go untreated. Dental crowns and fillings are usually effective at fixing chipped teeth, but unfortunately, they aren’t always salvageable.

If the tooth injury is too severe, the tooth may need to be removed, especially if infection has set in. Before resorting to these measures, however, it is important to talk with your doctor to ensure that extraction is absolutely the only option available. When it’s possible, the option that allows you to retain your natural teeth is the best alternative.

To schedule your next dentist appointment, or to learn more about dentistry in the West Hartford, CT area, call (860) 561-3050 today!