When you have a nagging problem with one of your teeth, can it be saved or will it need to come out? Instead of worrying and wondering, call our Birmingham, AL dental office today at 205-545-8007and schedule a dental exam. Our dentists have years of training and real-world experience, so they will be able to tell you what should happen with that tooth.

What Happens When You Ignore A Bad Tooth

When faced with the idea that you might need a dental extraction, some people wait and hope it goes away on its own. Like most problems, this only makes things worse.

How much worse? Here are some of the problems you can face when you try to ignore a tooth that needs a dental extraction.

  • A toothache just gets more painful.
  • The jawbone around your tooth begins to deteriorate.
  • An infection spreads to other parts of your body.
  • Your tooth is weak and can painfully break apart in your mouth.

By making an appointment at Perrigo Dental Care today, you can get a thorough dental exam to determine if you need a dental extraction. If that’s the best way to stay healthy, our dentists can use their advanced training with local anesthetic to ensure your dental extraction works.

When Dental Extractions Are Needed

Here are some specific reasons why you might need to have a tooth removed at our Birmingham, AL dental office.

– You have a wisdom tooth that’s causing problems.

Not all your adult teeth come in around the same time. Your third molars are called wisdom teeth because they can finally come in much later in life — and that can be a big problem.

Unlike your other adult teeth, your wisdom teeth had no baby teeth to guide them. When they appear, they can easily come in incorrectly. Some never emerge completely and get impacted, increasing your risk of gum disease and cavities. Others try coming in underneath your second molars, putting your whole smile at risk.

Call us today at 205-545-8007 to get your problem wisdom teeth safely removed by our highly skilled dentists.

– You have an infected tooth that did not get a root canal soon enough.

Cavities are caused by harmful bacteria in your mouth. If a cavity gets deep enough, or if you get a cracked tooth, those bacteria can slide underneath the enamel. When this happens, you get an infection of the dental pulp found there.

Dental pulp is home to the tooth’s nerves and blood vessels. When this infection spreads inside the tooth, it starts to deprive it of blood. (It can also hurt a lot!) A root canal can remove the infection, but if you wait too long, the tooth might be too brittle to keep. In other words, it’s all but dead.

That’s why you need to call Perrigo Dental Care. Our dentists can remove that tooth before the infection begins to spread to other parts of your body.

– You have a tooth that’s coming out already thanks to gum disease.

Gum disease is also caused by those bacteria. In this condition, the bacteria are damaging your gum tissue. This causes two problems. First, the gums start to pull away from your teeth. Second, your jawbone starts to weaken. When you combine these two, some of your teeth can start to get loose or even fall out.

In these cases, it’s usually better to control how that tooth comes out. By calling our Birmingham, AL dental office today, you can schedule a dental extraction. This way, you won’t have the tooth break while still in your mouth or accidentally swallow it and risk choking.

– Your smile is overcrowded with too many teeth.

While your baby teeth are supposed to come out naturally, sometimes a few stubborn ones never fall out. This leads to an overcrowded mouth. You can also have extra adult teeth come in by some quirk of nature. Either way, those extra teeth make your smile look bad. They can also make it easier for food to get stuck between your teeth, increasing your risk of gum disease and tooth decay.

Call us TODAY at 205-545-8007 or use our online form to schedule an appointment for a dental exam. Thanks to their expert training, our dentists can often save a tooth. If it’s already too late, they can safely use a dental extraction to remove the problem once and for all.