Most serious dental issues are preventable by maintaining good oral hygiene and regular visits with your dentist. Visiting your dentist every six months allows for a thorough exam and professional cleanings. Thorough exams will allow for most issues to be diagnosed early enough for treatment. Tooth decay and gum disease are both progressive diseases that worsen over time without treatment. Tooth extractions usually become necessary after an issue has progressed over a long period of time, however, there are instances like accidental injury where the extraction could not have been prevented. Knowing some reasons for a dental extraction may help you prevent them.
In the early stage of tooth decay, there is often no pain or discomfort. It can go unnoticed unless your dentist or hygienist identifies it during a checkup or cleaning. Tooth decay can wear through the outer layer of your tooth, the enamel, until it reaches the next layer, the dentin. Once decay reaches the dentin, it can progress much more quickly as this layer is less formidable than enamel. At this stage, a filling can stop the progress of the decay. If no treatment is done, the decay will continue to go deeper inside the tooth reaching the inner pulp. At this point, the decay reaches the nerves of the tooth, and it can become quite painful. Your dentist can treat the tooth with root canal therapy to save the tooth at this stage. If it continues to be left untreated, an infection can set in and the tooth can become abscessed. An extraction may become necessary to prevent the infection from entering the bloodstream and infecting other areas of the body.
Wisdom teeth are also known as third molars, and they are the last teeth to arrive in the mouth. They can cause problems by overcrowding the other teeth or they become impacted, infected, and painful as they come in. Wisdom teeth extraction is not usually preventable, but it can prevent future issues.
Don’t let a toothache progress to the point of extraction. To schedule a consultation, call Lone Star Dental Care in Frisco, TX, at 972-335-7100. We proudly welcome patients from Frisco and all surrounding communities, including Dallas, Plano, McKinney, Prosper, The Colony, Carrollton, Lewisville, and more.