Does Your Broken Tooth Need to be Extracted?

Posted on: September 2, 2018

What should you do when you have a broken tooth? First, relax, take a deep breath and tell yourself that everything is going to be alright. If your entire tooth fell out of your mouth, then it is highly advised that you keep it clean, wrap it in tissue, add some spit or milk to preserve it and save it to show to your dentist.

Is extraction necessary?

Before you determine whether or not your broken tooth needs to be extracted, you need to ask yourself the questions below:

  • Is there an abscess in your mouth?
  • Do you have an infection?
  • Did you recently injure your tooth/teeth?
  • Is there any pain that you are currently experiencing?

An extraction is meant to fix an underlying infection in the gum. If you don’t treat an abscess, the bacteria and infection can move to your brain and become fatal. If the tooth cannot be repaired through contouring or reshaping or it has an infection, then you may need a tooth extraction so the infection does not spread; a dental implant is another option. Once you gain knowledgeable insight from your trustworthy dentist, you can decide whether or not your broken tooth needs to go.

Keep in mind, there are two types of extractions:

  • A simplistic extraction (usually does not require general anesthesia)
  • Surgical extraction (you will be put to sleep with an anesthesia)

Many people have experienced a simplistic extraction, this includes a local anesthetic and an extraction.  A surgical extraction is a bit more complicated because your dentist will need to remove some of your bone and gum. The recovery period is longer during the surgical extractions versus the simplistic route.  A broken tooth needs to be looked at immediately.  If you ever experience this frightening instance, you need to get it looked at ASAP.

An extraction can make you feel out of it after surgery, you will want to make sure that if your broken tooth does need an extraction that you can rest up for a week, this way, you will heal properly. 

As mentioned, if your broken tooth needs to be extracted, you need to calm down, keep things tidy and clean, then make an appointment with your nearby dentist. You need a qualified professional to tell you if your broken tooth does, in fact, need to be extracted.

Fix your broken tooth now

If your tooth has to be taken out, there are options to replace your soon-to-be missing tooth. Ask your dentist about dental implants or dentures, but keep in mind, implants take less maintenance and do not require you to take them out of your mouth every night. Once you determine your removal, your dentist will go over your replacement options with you on the same day. ?


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