4 Signs You Need A Tooth Extraction

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Many people hope to keep their natural teeth as long as they can and try to avoid extractions if possible, but there are a few situations in which extraction may become necessary. There tends to be a negative association and fear surrounding tooth extraction, but there is no need to be afraid of this procedure. The need for tooth extraction can arise for a number of reasons and may be necessary for the maintenance of your overall oral health. Below we have outlined a few signs that may indicate the need for tooth extraction:

1) Infected Tooth

Our dentist in Fort Saskatchewan can treat decay and cavities with various treatments. It is important not to neglect these things and have them treated quickly to prevent any further spreading to other teeth and into your gums. Sometimes a tooth can become badly infected or be so severely damaged that there is no other choice than extraction. Completing the extraction will restrict further damage that the infection can cause to otherwise healthy teeth.

2) Overcrowded or Impacted Teeth

An impacted tooth is a useless tooth that grows and moves into the wrong position. Alternatively, if the teeth are large and they are not able to fit in place comfortably, that condition is called overcrowding. Overcrowding can prevent all your teeth from erupting, which in turn puts pressure on the surrounding teeth resulting in jaw pain or other dental problems. Due to these conditions, routine dental procedures can become difficult to complete, so extraction of a tooth or sometimes multiple teeth becomes necessary.

3) Fractured Tooth

An injury or sudden blow due to an accident can cause a fracture to your tooth. A fractured tooth exposes the inner pulp and can cause sensitivity in the teeth. When a tooth is fractured, it has more potential to get decayed or infected due to cavities. A fractured tooth can also have sharp edges that can injure your tongue or cheeks or make it difficult to speak, eat or swallow. In this case, a fractured tooth must be extracted to prevent any further damage to your mouth.

4) Advanced Gum Disease

Gum diseases like periodontitis or gingivitis can be reversed at the initial stage if you visit the dentist at the right time. Ignoring the problem can make it much worse and can result in receding or bleeding gums. There are rare cases in which people suffer from such advanced gum disease, where the tissues are so extremely damaged it can lead to the loss of a tooth. Tooth extraction is an important treatment in such cases to cure the problem.

If you do require an extraction, there are a number of options to fill the space that remains in your mouths such as an implant, partial denture or bridge. If you are facing any of the above issues, then contact our dental clinic and experience the excellent services we have to offer.

Dear Patients,

It is with great sadness that I announce that our dental clinic of 20 years has burned down. As there are still safety concerns with entering the premises, we are unable to retrieve patient records , including contact information at the current time. I am hopeful to find a location within an existing office to practice in temporarily. In the meantime, I do have colleagues who have reached out and are open to me seeing emergencies in their clinics if required.

The office number is forwarded to a cell phone, so we are still taking calls at (780) 997-6453 or 780-99-SMILE (no texts). Please also feel free to call or text me directly at 780-970-1446. The fire department and RCMP have worked diligently and we want to thank them for their efforts.
My sincerest apologies for the inconvenience and my deepest gratitude for your understanding and ongoing support. Hopefully we will be up and running very soon as we look forward to seeing you.

Thank you,
Dr. Nimet Jinnah and staff at Fort Smiles Dental (formerly known as Smilemakers Dental Centre)