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Tooth Extraction: An Overview of Periodontal Disease

March 25, 2024

Sometimes, the reason for needing a tooth extraction can seem surprising. Even though a tooth has no decay or fillings and exhibits no damage from injury, it may still need to be removed. The reason it's deemed non-restorable and requires extraction may have little to do with the health of the tooth itself and more with the state of the supporting tissues.

Understanding Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an inflammatory condition that affects the tissues surrounding the teeth. It typically begins with the accumulation of plaque—a sticky film of bacteria—on the teeth and gums. If not removed through proper oral hygiene practices and professional cleanings, the accumulated plaque and tartar lead to gum inflammation (gingivitis). While gingivitis can be treated and reversed with no tissue damage, this is not the case if the disease is left to progress. Gum disease is progressive and can advance into the deeper supporting structures of the teeth, causing periodontitis.

Gum Disease as a Silent Threat to Oral Health

  • One of the primary concerns with periodontal disease is the potential for tooth loss. According to the numbers, periodontal disease is the most common cause of tooth loss among adults.
  • As untreated and unresolved gingivitis progresses to a more advanced stage of gum disease, the inflammation and infection that's associated with it worsen, resulting in damage to the connective tissues and bone that hold teeth in place. Without therapeutic intervention, these structures get further weakened and diminished. Teeth may become loose and eventually require extraction or even fall out.

When is Extraction Indicated?

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

Tooth Extraction: A Path to Healing

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 you periodontal health back on track. At our office, we provide precise, gentle care and partner with every patient to maintain optimal oral health that supports overall wellness.

Restoring Your Smile

If you need a tooth extracted due to periodontal 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. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards better oral health.

Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns about tooth extraction, periodontal disease, or our services. Our dedicated staff is here to help guide you through every stage of your dental journey at our office.