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Does Your Tooth Hurt? Why Your Dentist May Recommend Dental Extraction

September 14, 2019
Posted By: Dr. Travis Buxton
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A toothache is always a sign that something is happening that needs your attention. The pain might be the result of a minor problem like a small cavity, or it could indicate a significant oral health threat like a root canal infection. 

Depending on the severity of the decay or infection, treating the problem may not be enough to save the tooth. In this case, your dentist would recommend a dental extraction in Bangor, ME to protect the health of remaining teeth. 

Reasons for Dental Extractions

Tooth extraction is almost always a last resort procedure when all other options have been exhausted. Your dentist will make every effort to save the tooth using other methods, but sometimes removing it is the only option. 

Some reasons we perform extractions are:

  • A tooth is so severely infected that your dentist can’t save it with a root canal. 
  • A large cavity compromises a tooth to the extent that a dental crown or filling can’t save it.
  • A tooth has become mobile because of advanced gum disease that has broken down the jaw bone and needs to be removed. 
  • A wisdom tooth erupts in a way that crowds surrounding teeth and makes oral hygiene difficult or impossible.
  • One or more teeth need to be removed for the best results for dentures or orthodontic treatment. 

Tooth extractions in Bangor, ME are typically straightforward and predictable. Your dentist numbs your mouth thoroughly beforehand so you won’t feel any pain during the procedure. Ask about sedation options like nitrous oxide if you need some extra help to relax.

Do You Need a Dental Extraction in Bangor, ME?

If you need a tooth extraction at our Bangor, ME dental office, Dr. Buxton will explain why and how the procedure will benefit your oral health. We’ll also be happy to talk to you about tooth replacement like dental implants, dental bridges, and full and partial dentures.

Please call us today and speak to a helpful member of our dental care team who will help you arrange a convenient appointment.

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