For some patients, seeing the dentist when you have a severe tooth pain or a serious case of tooth decay can be daunting, scary, and can even keep some from visiting our office. Advancements in dental technology mean that teeth that are even facing the most serious cases of tooth decay can be saved. This is not to say that there are not times when a tooth extraction is the best option, although this should never be taken lightly. Always let your dentist decide whether your tooth can be saved or if an extraction is the best option, and for that reason we will discuss why sometimes a tooth extraction is the only answer.
A dangerously infected tooth will cause you a great deal of pain, but can also put you and your body at high risk. An infection that is found within the tooth can spread to different parts of your body, in which case will compromise your health and can lead to a dangerous condition. If that tooth is found so severely infected, your dentist may choose to extract the tooth as this may be the best option in such a timely matter.
When experiencing severe pain, a tooth extraction may be the best way to relieve the suffering. When other forms of treatment could be just as effective, they could take longer, which could mean more pain before feeling relief. Immediate extractions are not common, but is a good way to receive immediate relief.
If your tooth has been damaged in an accident weather as a result of a sports injury or not, it may be too damaged to save. Extraction may also be needed if the tooth is severely decayed, or if it is found extremely discolored or in any other way compromised.
If you feel as though your tooth maybe decayed to the point of no return, it is important to get to the dentist as soon as possible. Whatever the case may be, we at Urbach Pediatric Dentistry in Houston, TX, are ready to help you and your child in a moment’s notice. Feel free to give us a call or send us an email as soon as possible.