Having a tooth pulled (extracted) used to be the standard way to rectify a dental problem. Advancements in anesthesia and treatment techniques have made extraction less likely, but there are still a few reasons that Dr. Derek Winegar, your dentist in Temple, Texas, still employs this method at City Creek Dental. Below are three common situations that might call for a tooth extraction.
An accidental impact, such as sports-related collision or vehicular accident, might cause a tooth to loosen out of place. It might even become totally avulsed (knocked out). In many of these cases, a dentist is able to replace the affected tooth. However, sometimes these injuries cause too much trauma for reattachment to work, and the tooth will need to be permanently removed.
Similarly, an accident that affects the teeth may cause a significant break in the tooth. While small chips and cracks in the enamel can be repaired with simple procedures like shaping or bonding, larger damage that cracks a tooth in half may require your dentist to perform an extraction. This is usually to prevent infection from entering the soft tissues inside the tooth, which can be extremely painful and lead to further problems.
An old cavity filling that shifts out of place or a root canal that doesn't "hold" are two examples of failed restorations, both of which might necessitate an extraction. This is often due to the structure of the affected tooth being too fragile to withstand any more treatments.
The good news is that if you do need an extraction, we have a variety of restorative options at City Creek Dental that will fill in the gap comfortably and attractively. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Derek Winegar, contact our office in Temple, Texas today at (254) 778-1990!