Poway and Rancho Bernardo, CA
It’s essential to have good oral hygiene daily. By doing so, you can avoid most oral health problems that are caused by bacteria and tooth decay. However, there are times when your teeth can develop an infection or irreversible damage. Dr. Nicol Cook, a general dentist in Poway, makes every effort to prevent a tooth from needing to be extracted, although there are times when a tooth is beyond repair. While a consultation with Dr. Cook is the first step you should take, here are three definitive signs that you need a tooth pulled.
Your wisdom teeth are impacted or crowding your other teeth
This often is the case with wisdom teeth. If these third molars are impacted, they can cause your other teeth to become overcrowded or crooked. Furthermore, if wisdom teeth only partially erupt, they can be challenging to keep clean, leading to tooth decay or gum infection. Wisdom teeth typically develop or begin erupting around adolescence or early adulthood. This is the ideal time to have them extracted before they get a chance to cause oral health problems.
Your tooth is damaged beyond repair
Damage to your teeth can become quite extensive if not immediately addressed and repaired. A chipped, cracked, or broken tooth is a good place for bacteria to hide and continue causing even more damage, including tooth decay that can reach the tooth’s nerve and cause a severe infection. While teeth that are cracked or chipped can usually be repaired using cosmetic dentistry, like dental bonding or a crown, that is not always possible in every case. If the tooth is unsalvageable, such as when a tooth is split down to the root, an extraction is probably the best course of action. At which point, you can explore tooth replacement options with your dentist.
You have an infected tooth that does not respond to a root canal treatment
If you have a tooth that has begun to decay, you need to see a top-rated dental provider in Poway to have it repaired. When you ignore the damage, over time, the decay can spread to the tooth’s pulp. Once the infection has reached this area, the only way to save the tooth is for the dentist to clean out the infection through a treatment known as a root canal. Depending on your situation, root canal therapy may stop the infection, but if the damage is more extensive, or infection returns, the tooth may need to be extracted.
It’s hard to tell by your own accord whether you need an extraction or not. The best way to know for sure is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cook. While Dr. Cook makes every effort to repair damaged or infected teeth, the needs of each patient are different. Therefore, schedule a consultation by calling (858) 673-0141 or contact Smiles by Dr. Cook today to find out if your tooth needs to be extracted. We welcome patients from Poway and Rancho Bernardo, California.