5 Reasons for Emergency Tooth Extraction

Plymouth Mi Emergency Tooth Extraction Dentist

Our emergency dentists in Plymouth, MI, will do everything in their power to save your tooth. However, sometimes the tooth is too badly damaged to be saved. Under these circumstances, they may recommend emergency tooth extraction to protect your oral health and overall wellness.

Here are some of the top reasons for tooth extraction, as well as what you can expect during treatment.

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.

Schedule an appointment 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 the need for emergency wisdom tooth extraction if our dentists see impaction.

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 dentists can only save a tooth if there’s more healthy tooth structure than decayed structure. You’ll need emergency dental 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 periodontitis. 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. Advanced periodontitis can’t be cured, but our dentists at Plymouth Dentistry can slow its progression through scaling and root planing.

5. Crowded Teeth

If you have more teeth than what can fit in your jaw, our dentists 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.

What to Expect

One of our dentists will first numb your tooth and surrounding tissue so you don’t feel any pain. Instead, you’ll only feel pressure on your tooth. They’ll then use a tool called an elevator to loosen the tooth. Next, they’ll extract the tooth using forceps. It may be necessary for the dentist to place a few stitches over the extraction site. These will usually be self-dissolving stitches.

Immediately after your procedure, we’ll have you bite down on a gauze pad to stem the bleeding. Exerting pressure helps your blood clot, which covers the bone in your socket. We’ll then give you specific aftercare instructions to follow while you recover at home.

Schedule an Emergency Dental Appointment

Our emergency dentists in Plymouth, MI, are accepting new patients and will be able to determine if you need extraction or if the tooth can be saved. To schedule urgent dental care, please call Plymouth Dentistry at (734) 459-7110. For non-emergencies, you may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you soon.

This blog post has been updated.