Some people believe that the best way to remove a problem from someone's mouth is to simply pull the tooth. This is only true in very specific circumstances. Otherwise, any attempt to save the tooth is far preferred over extraction.
During a dental extraction, your tooth is removed and cannot be replaced with another live tooth. This process is traumatizing to your entire mouth, and can leave you facing other dental problems simply from having the work done.
How an Extraction Traumatizes Your MouthSome extractions are incredibly simple. The dentist can go in, grab hold of the tooth, and pull it. However, this easy type of procedure is incredibly rare. It is normally far more complicated.
The tooth doesn't normally slide right out. What the dentist has to do is either break up the tooth into smaller pieces, or rock the tooth side to side to get it to loosen up.
This rocking motion, if done wrong, can push into the surrounding teeth and damage them. If the rocking is only done side to side, it can also break the socket, leaving you with bones of your jaw that are left to heal once the tooth comes out. This trauma can leave your mouth in pain far longer than it would take for the actual tissue to heal from the extraction.
If you want to avoid the trauma associated with a tooth extraction, then it is important that you do what you can to keep your teeth healthy. If you have a problem with your tooth, seek out help from your dentist as soon as you can.
The sooner the problem is caught and diagnosed, the easier the problem is to treat. Speak with your dentist about what else you can do to avoid the trauma of getting teeth extracted at your next appointment.
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