Our emergency dentist will do everything in his power to save your tooth. However, sometimes the tooth is too badly damaged to be saved.
We provide tooth extraction and other emergency tooth extraction. Call our office with any questions you might have about your oral health.outside of regular office hours to those who need it most. Continue reading to learn the 5 most common reasons we recommend
Reasons for Emergency Tooth Extraction
1.) Impacted Wisdom Tooth
Wisdom teeth are the third molars that erupt in your late teens to early twenties. While some people are able to keep their wisdom teeth, others simply don’t have room in their jaws. When this happens, wisdom teeth push other teeth out of their way or get stuck underneath the gums.
Call our emergency dentist as soon as possible if you’re experiencing wisdom tooth pain. Depending on your circumstances, we may recommend wisdom teeth removal before your oral health is compromised. For example, x-rays can reveal stuck beneath the gum line.
2.) Fractured Tooth under Gums
Your teeth absorb a lot of the impact from chewing food. If your teeth don’t fit perfectly together when you bite down, the force from chewing could eventually crack your lower molars. You may also have a higher risk for a cracked tooth if you recently had a root canal or large filling. If the tooth fractured beneath the gum line, we’ll need to extract it as soon as possible.
3.) Severe Tooth Decay
Tooth decay is caused by untreated dental plaque and tartar buildup. Our emergency dentist can only save a tooth if there’s more healthy tooth structure than decayed structure. You’ll need emergency tooth extraction once a cavity grows beyond what can be repaired by a filling, crown, or root canal.
4.) Periodontal Disease
While early gum disease (gingivitis) is reversible with routine teeth cleanings and good oral hygiene, the same can’t be said once it progresses into periodontal disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 47.2% of Americans age 30 and older have periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease attacks the gums and other structures supporting your teeth. Once your gums recede enough, your teeth have less support and are more likely to fall out or need extraction. Periodontal disease can’t be cured, but your dentist can slow its progression through scaling and root planing.
5.) Crowded Teeth
If you have more teeth than what can fit in your jaw, your dentist may suggest tooth extraction to prevent crowding. For example, many patients may have a tooth removed for orthodontic reasons so they can achieve a straight smile. Most dentists and orthodontists prefer not having to extract a tooth before beginning orthodontics. However, it can be necessary for certain patients.
Dr. Lebster DDS and his team offer emergency tooth extraction as a last resort to protect your oral health. To schedule an appointment with our Holland emergency dentist, call RediDental Emergency Dental Care at (616) 796-3200.