The thought of having a tooth extracted is unsettling for many people—but you should know that modern dentistry often emphasizes a conservative approach, meaning that your dentist will only perform a tooth extraction if it’s absolutely necessary. That said, having a tooth pulled isn’t always a bad thing! Although you must say goodbye to one of your pearly whites, there are actually many benefits to this procedure that ultimately outweigh the downsides. Here are four of the surprising benefits of having a tooth extracted.
1. Provides Sweet Relief
There are several reasons for visiting the dentist, and many of them involve some degree of mouth pain. Sometimes the cause is obvious; other times it requires a little investigation. In severe cases, there could be an underlying infection that has already reached the tooth roots. If left untreated, this can lead to extreme pain and sensitivity; sometimes tooth extraction is the only way to ease the discomfort.
2. Removes the Problem
Along with providing pain relief, tooth extraction is sometimes the only way to remedy the actual problem. An infection in the tooth can rapidly spread, and as this happens it becomes increasingly difficult to treat and can lead to additional problems. At this stage, the tooth has usually progressed past the point of being salvageable and the best remaining solution is extraction.
3. Protects Your Other Teeth
Oral health problems like tooth decay or infection can easily spread to your other teeth, and this often happens once it’s too late! However, having the compromised tooth extracted can often ensure that your surrounding teeth are protected from the very same problem. In the grand scheme of things, one missing tooth is preferable to multiple missing teeth.
4. Paves the Way for A Beautiful Smile
Sometimes a tooth extraction is suggested even if there’s no obvious problem with the tooth. Some patients have a crowded mouth which can lead to crooked teeth, and an extraction can free up space for the rest of your teeth to healthily fill out your mouth (this is why many people have their wisdom teeth extracted). In any case, an improved and healthy smile is the end-goal of a tooth extraction.
Tooth extraction isn’t something to be afraid of; your dentist won’t do it without a good reason! But knowing some of the benefits of the procedure can help dispel any doubts you might have about it.
About the Practice
Muskingum Valley Oral Surgery proudly serves patients in both the Cambridge and the Marietta area under the leadership of Dr. Jeff Lee! Dr. Lee completed his DDS at The Ohio State University and has also served in the United States Navy aboard the USS George Washington. His practice offers many available services, including teeth extractions! If you have any questions about the article or would like to schedule an appointment, feel free to contact Dr. Lee online or by phone: (740) 236-9392.