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Tooth Extraction Due to Gum Disease: What You Need to Know

April 30, 2024

When you think about tooth extractions, you might imagine teeth that are cracked or filled with cavities. However, sometimes a tooth needs to be removed even if it appears perfectly healthy. This can happen when the supporting tissues around the tooth have been damaged by periodontal disease. At our dental office, we strive to preserve your natural teeth whenever possible. But in some cases, an extraction may be necessary to protect your overall oral health.

Understanding Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a common inflammatory condition that affects the tissues around the teeth. It begins when plaque—a sticky film of bacteria—accumulates on your teeth and gums. If not removed through proper oral hygiene practices and professional cleanings, this plaque hardens into tartar, leading to gum inflammation or gingivitis. While early-stage gingivitis can be treated and reversed without causing tissue damage, if left untreated, it can progress into periodontitis.

The Link Between Gum Disease and Tooth Loss

One of the main concerns with gum disease is its potential to cause tooth loss. In fact, according to the American Dental Association, periodontal disease is the most common cause of tooth loss among adults. As untreated gingivitis progresses into more advanced stages of gum disease, the inflammation and infection worsen, causing damage to the connective tissues and bone that hold teeth in place. Without proper treatment, these structures become weaker and may eventually require a tooth extraction or lead to tooth loss.

When an Extraction is Necessary

Although our dental office does everything possible to preserve your natural teeth, sometimes preventing further progression of the disease, damage, and infection may necessitate extracting the affected tooth or teeth. When making this decision, we consider factors such as tooth mobility, the severity of attachment loss, radiographic bone loss greater than 50%, and associated factors.

Tooth extraction in the presence of advanced periodontal disease can provide an opportunity for stopping the infection, tissue healing, and restoring oral health. Plus, with researchers demonstrating increasing links between gum disease and overall health, it’s essential to get your periodontal health back on track.

At the office of Vista Family Dental, we provide precise, gentle care and partner with every patient to maintain optimal oral health that supports overall wellness. If you need a tooth extracted due to gum disease or another issue, you can count on our office for the skilled treatment that’s required. We’ll explain every step in care and discuss your options to restore your periodontal health and rebuild a complete and beautiful smile.

Our goal is to be your trusted partner in achieving and maintaining optimal oral health while enhancing the natural beauty of your smile. Specializing in family and cosmetic dentistry, we prioritize personalized care that caters to the unique needs of each patient.

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