Find out why your dentist might have recommended having a tooth removed.
It seems hard to believe that there would ever come a point in time where our Gainesville and Haymarket, VA, dentist, Dr. Chris Houser, would actually recommend removing a permanent tooth. Of course, there are instances in which this is actually the best or only possible option for improving your overall oral health. Here are some reasons why you may need to have a tooth extracted:
A Tooth is Severely Damaged
While enamel is the strongest substance in your body (and the second strongest element after diamonds!), it doesn’t mean that your teeth can’t still incur damage. Whether your face was hit while playing a game, you were in a car accident or you had a cavity that went undetected, there are many reasons why a tooth can become so damaged by decay or an injury that it may actually be irreparable.
There is an Infection
If you visit our Gainesville and Haymarket general dentist every six months for routine cleanings and exams then we’ll be able to spot an infection and treat the problem before it causes more serious, long-term issues. Of course, if you aren’t good about keeping up with your routine exams then you may find yourself dealing with a pretty nasty toothache at some point.
While a root canal might be able to fix the issue, there are some instances in which both antibiotics and root canal therapy still don’t eliminate the infection. When this happens the only option is to remove the infected tooth to prevent the infection from spreading.
You Have an Impacted or Problematic Wisdom Tooth
This is the most common reason people undergo a tooth extraction. After all, this third and final set of molars often does not grow in properly. Crooked or impacted wisdom teeth can affect the health of neighboring teeth and also increase your chances of decay and infection. To prevent these issues, we will go in and remove the wisdom teeth.
Heritage Hunt Dental provides quality dental care to the Gainesville and Haymarket, VA, areas. Whether you want to chat about getting your wisdom teeth removed or you need to schedule a cleaning, call our office today to schedule your next visit with Dr. Houser.