For most of us, the thought of having a tooth pulled is quite unsettling! But luckily, modern dentistry emphasizes a conservative approach, meaning that your dentist will only perform a tooth extraction if it’s absolutely necessary. That said, having a tooth pulled isn’t bad news at all! Even though you must bid farewell to one (or sometimes more) of your pearly whites, there are actually many benefits to this procedure. Keep reading to learn more about four of them.
Benefit #1: It Provides Sweet Relief
There are many different reasons for visiting the dentist, and a lot of patients complain about mouth pain upon arrival. Sometimes the cause is obvious, like a lodged object or tooth decay. Other times the issue isn’t as apparent, such as an underlying infection that has already reached the tooth roots. These infections can be quite painful and problematic! In these severe cases, sometimes a tooth extraction is the only way to ease the discomfort—but you’ll definitely feel relief once it’s handled!
Benefit #2: It Removes the Problem
In addition to providing pain relief, sometimes tooth extraction is the only way to actually remedy the situation that’s unfolding inside your mouth. An infection in the tooth can rapidly spread and cause widespread damage to your teeth, gums, and beyond. As it progresses, it becomes increasingly difficult to treat and sometimes removing the tooth is the only way to halt the problem. At this point, the tooth has usually progressed past the point of being salvageable anyway, and extraction is the best remaining solution.
Benefit #3: It Protects Your Other Teeth
Oral health problems like tooth decay or infection can easily spread to your other nearby teeth, and it’s often too late to reverse it once it starts happening. However, having the compromised tooth extracted can often ensure that your surrounding teeth are protected from the very same problem. After all, in the grand scheme of things it’s more preferable to lose one tooth instead of multiple teeth (though not losing any teeth is preferable above all else).
Benefit #4: It Paves the Way for a Beautiful Smile
Sometimes tooth extraction is the only way to free up space inside a crowded mouth and help a patient achieve a beautiful smile. In fact, this is why many people have their wisdom teeth extracted—more often than not, we don’t have enough room for our wisdom teeth so removing them can ensure good long-term oral health and a dazzling, uniform set of pearly whites.
Tooth extraction isn’t something that you should fear; it’s always in your best interest and will only benefit you! Knowing some of the specific pros of the procedure can help to dispel any doubts or fears you might have about it so you can get your smile the care it needs.
About the Author
Dr. Roman Kotlarek received his DDS from the University of Texas Health and Science Center in San Antonio and has proudly served patients and families in the Houston area for several years. Dr. Kotlarek is a member of several professional organizations including the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association, and he’s also a Fellow of the prestigious Academy of General Dentistry. If you have any questions about the article or would like to schedule a visit, feel free to contact Dr. Kotlarek through his practice’s website or over the phone: (281) 920-4200.