When a tooth is diseased or infected, most patients believe that it must be extracted. However, that’s not always the case. There are many benefits of saving your natural teeth, if and whenever possible.
When you seek emergency dental services, your dentist will provide you with options and ultimately, the choice is yours. You might be wondering, ‘how bad does a tooth need to be, to be extracted?’ We answer this question below and provide you with some valuable information should you ever be faced with the decision to pull your tooth or save it.
There are certain instances when a tooth absolutely should be pulled. Some of the common scenarios that typically lead to a tooth extraction include:
Even when a tooth becomes diseased or infected, it can still be saved with professional treatment. When you seek emergency dental services, your dental team will do as much as they can to save your natural teeth. This is because:
If you suspect that you have a cavity or you feel any sort of pain or discomfort, it’s important to act quickly and get to your dentist as soon as possible. The quicker your dentist can identify a diseased or decaying tooth, the quicker they can apply treatment and save your natural teeth.
Additionally, did you know that you can save a tooth even if it’s been completely knocked out of your mouth from trauma or injury? We hope this never happens but, if it does, it helps to remember these steps to save a knocked-out tooth:
As with many dental conditions, prevention is key. Reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease by brushing and flossing every day and seeing your dentist regularly.