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Why Extractions Should Be Avoided Whenever Possible

Posted on 9/10/2018 by Boeckel
Why Extractions Should Be Avoided Whenever PossibleThe idea of having a tooth pulled is not very pleasant. Most people would rather not ever have to go through this experience. They may think that some dentists enjoy the idea of pulling a tooth.

They may think it is something that dentists do even if there are other options available. The truth is that it is better to avoid an extraction, unless there are no other options. These are some of the reasons that this is true.

Times to Avoid Tooth Extraction

There are some cases where a tooth extraction creates more problems than it solves. These are some examples of that.

•  Having to remove too much bone - If the removal of the tooth requires the removal of too much bone, it could weaken the jaw and put it at risk of fracture.
•  If removing the tooth risks nerve damage
•  Any one that receives radiation therapy to the head and neck has a higher risk
•  If your medical history suggests problems with osteomyelitis or osteo-necrosis of the joint.

In these cases, our dental professionals will explore other options with fewer risks.

Other Reasons to Avoid Extraction

Although extraction is a minor surgical procedure, there are still risks associated with it. Some of the complications after extraction include infection, excessive bleeding and dry socket. All of these can lead to more problems to deal with. The loss of a tooth also changes the structure of the mouth and can lead to problems with other teeth and the gums.

Most people would like to keep all their teeth for the rest of their life. While this may not happen, that does not mean it is okay to have a tooth extracted. If can affect the way you look and feel about yourself. A tooth extraction affects you both physically and emotionally. It is never something to take lightly. Because of all these reasons, extraction is the last choice and not the first.

For more information about this and any other oral health issues, contact the dental professionals at our offices.

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