When we think of dental extractions, we often think of them as preparation for dentures, or as a last resort to remove a severely damaged tooth.
Why a Person Might Need a Tooth Extraction
If a tooth has been damaged or broken, or if a tooth has experienced extreme decay, tooth extraction is a likely avenue. Of course, tooth extraction is always performed conservatively. If we can fix the problem with a filling or a crown, we would always rather pursue that option.
Having your wisdom teeth pulled is also considered a dental extraction. There are both simple and surgical extractions, depending on if a more complex means is necessary to remove the tooth, in which cases incisions might be needed.
You might also need to have a tooth pulled if you have extra teeth coming in, or to make room for orthodontics. As you can see, there are a host of reasons why the procedure might be pursued.
Tooth Extraction Statistics
The Oral Health Foundation — the organization that hosts National Smile Month (which happens May 14th to June 14th this year) — asserts that 31% of American adults have tooth decay. Another staggering statistic is that 74% of all adults have had to have a tooth extracted at some point in their lives.
Sure, many of these tooth extractions will be wisdom tooth extractions. However, based on the fact that 1 in 3 people never floss their teeth, we can assume that a good chunk of these extractions also have to do with tooth decay.
Of Course, Don’t Try This at Home
It’s important that an oral health professional performs a dental extraction. Otherwise, you’ll risk damaging surrounding structures (teeth, gum tissue, fillings), infection, long-lasting nerve damage, and more.
When You Should Call Harder Dental
If you experience swelling, fever, chills, inflammation, painful speech or swallowing, bleeding, or numbness in the mouth, it’s important to get a dentist involved right away. If you experience any of these symptoms or believe you could benefit from a tooth extraction, contact Harder Dental Corporation today.