A dental extraction is a procedure used to remove a tooth or teeth from a patient’s oral cavity. The tooth or teeth may be extracted from the patient’s gums or jawbone. At Southdale Dental Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies, the most common reason a tooth is removed is that it is too decayed or damaged to be repaired with a dental crown or filling.
Reason for Tooth Extractions
A cavity, also known as tooth decay, is an infection of the tooth. It develops when plaque and bacteria are left on the tooth. The bacteria can cause discoloration, cavities, and gum disease.
Gum disease is a severe infection that can quickly spread to the jawbone. Additionally, gum disease is linked to other medical conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. An oral surgeon or periodontist can remove an infected tooth, helping you avoid further complications.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
A wisdom tooth can be impacted. This can be painful and may cause infection, so impacted teeth should be extracted.
Sometimes orthodontic work requires tooth extractions to create space for alignment. Orthodontists may also recommend extractions if a tooth is badly decayed and cannot be saved.
The Benefits of Dental Extractions
Improved Oral Health
Extraction may be required if you suffer from severe tooth decay. Removing a severely damaged tooth prevents the spread of infection, which could lead to more serious oral health problems. Additionally, removing a decaying tooth provides space for your other teeth to move better.
Tooth extraction can sometimes restore a patient’s speech by correcting a misaligned bite. If a tooth or teeth have been damaged by decay or trauma, the jaw's alignment can be affected, leading to teeth that are significantly out of position. The discomfort resulting from a misaligned bite can make speaking difficult. Tooth extraction can correct these issues by realigning a patient’s jaw.
After a tooth is extracted, it will be easier to eat a healthy diet. Patients can eat foods that were once too difficult to chew. This may mean patients can enjoy apples, corn on the cob, and steak.
A tooth removed from the mouth can help a patient immediately feel more comfortable. This is because it no longer causes pain when talking, biting, or chewing. Also, no sharp edges or pressure points bother it, improving the patient’s comfort significantly.
We can remove decayed teeth with extractions, which contribute to cavities and weakened teeth. To discover more about the advantages of tooth extractions, visit Southdale Dental, Shop 8, E. Southdale Plaza, 3 South Ave, Kingston 10, Jamaica 00010, or call (876) 929-3312.