Can I avoid tooth extraction?

Tooth extraction is a dental treatment that most patients dread when they are told by their dentist that they could benefit from it. In many situations, extraction is recommended for one’s overall oral health. A tooth might be damaged beyond repair or have experienced a large cavity that affects the integrity and strength of the tooth. Or the patient might be considering full dentures and will need any remaining teeth surgically removed. Whatever the reason, Dr. Eric Wiitala and his team in Scottsdale, AZ will make recommendations based on a patient’s unique situation. In most cases, extraction of a natural tooth is a last-resort option, and other treatment options may be discussed to avoid tooth extraction whenever possible.

Why would a tooth need to be extracted?

The goal of dentistry is to maintain as much of the natural bone, gum tissue, and teeth as possible over one’s lifetime to ensure a healthy smile. However, certain conditions or problems may occur that might lead to extensive damage of a natural tooth. In this situation, if the tooth cannot be properly restored using other means, such as fillings, dental crowns, inlays, or onlays, the bad tooth may be detrimental to one’s oral health. It can also be painful if it has experienced an infection. Whenever possible, Dr. Eric Wiitala will provide more conservative alternatives to avoid tooth extraction. Some of the primary reasons why patients have teeth extracted include:

•             Preparation for orthodontics, especially if overcrowding is a concern

•             A cavity is too large to effectively repair the tooth with a filing or other protective solutions

•             The patient has experienced extensive trauma or damage to the tooth structure and/or dental pulp

•             Preparation for the creation and placement of full dentures or implant-supported dentures

•             The tooth is loose due to periodontal disease and replacement solutions are being considered

•             To remove a baby tooth and make room for a permanent tooth to come into alignment within the dental arch

Discuss your options with Dr. Eric Wiitala

Scottsdale, AZ patients who are concerned about tooth extraction can consult with Dr. Eric Wiitala and his team of professionals at 9755 North 90th Street. Call (480) 657-6981 to request an appointment at our state-of-the-art dental facility.  

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