Your dentist’s main priority is to do everything feasible to save your tooth. However, there are some circumstances where that is just not possible, and a tooth must be extracted. Wisdom teeth extractions are common due to overcrowding or infections that wisdom teeth can cause. Some extractions are the result of an injury caused by an accident. In these situations, the damage is so severe that extraction is necessary. In many cases, decay has been left untreated and the only remaining option is dental extraction. Severe decay can be prevented with good oral hygiene and early diagnosis and treatment. 

Preventing an extraction

With regular visits to your dentist every six months, any signs of decay can be caught early enough to be treated. If treated early, a tooth can be saved with a filling or root canal therapy. Once decay reaches far into the tooth, it can do too much damage and cause a severe infection. The best way to avoid dental extraction is with regular brushing and flossing and regular check-ups.

What to expect

Each extraction is different from the next. The circumstances are dependent on the situation, the amount of damage or infection, the placement of the tooth, and the particular patient’s roots and nerves. Your dentist will assess your situation to develop the best treatment plan for you. There are times when an extraction done by a referred oral surgeon. Either way, the extraction will be done in the most comfortable way possible. The recovery will be dependent on the treatment plan. After you have recovered, your dentist will talk to you about the importance of replacing a missing tooth.

A dental extraction can be prevented

Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris of Mansfield Dentist Associates in Mansfield, TX will do what they can to prevent an extraction. Call our office today at (817) 473-6227 to schedule a consultation. We treat patients from the Mansfield, South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, and Midlothian areas