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Tooth Extraction Due to Gum Disease: What You Need to Know

April 30, 2024

Tooth extraction isn't always because of decay or damage. Sometimes, a tooth may need to be removed due to the health of its surrounding tissues. When these tissues are compromised by periodontal disease, it can lead to a non-restorable tooth and an eventual extraction. Here at My Smile Dentistry, we're committed to helping you understand why this might happen and what steps we take to preserve your oral health.

Understanding Gum Disease: The Silent Threat

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a common inflammatory condition that affects the tissues surrounding your teeth. It often begins with plaque buildup on your teeth and gums. If not removed through proper oral hygiene practices and professional cleanings, this plaque can harden into tartar, causing gum inflammation (gingivitis). While early-stage gingivitis can be treated and reversed without tissue damage, this isn't the case if the disease is left to progress. Gingivitis can advance into periodontitis, a more severe form of gum disease that damages the connective tissues and bone supporting your teeth.

Tooth Loss Due to Periodontal Disease: A Common Occurrence

One of the primary concerns with periodontal disease is tooth loss. In fact, according to the American Dental Association, gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss among adults. As untreated gingivitis progresses into more advanced stages of gum disease, the associated inflammation and infection worsen, causing damage to the connective tissues and bone that hold your teeth in place. Without proper treatment, these structures weaken and diminish, leading to loose teeth that may eventually need extraction or even fall out on their own.

When Extraction Becomes Necessary

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

The Benefits of Tooth Extraction in Periodontal Disease

Tooth extraction in the presence of advanced periodontal disease can provide an opportunity for stopping the infection, allowing tissue healing, and restoring oral health. Researchers have demonstrated increasing links between gum disease and overall health, making it essential to get your periodontal health back on track. At My Smile Dentistry, we offer precise, gentle care and partner with every patient to maintain optimal oral health that supports overall wellness.

Restoring Your Smile After Tooth Extraction

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.

Remember, maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial in preventing gum disease and tooth loss. Brush twice a day, floss daily, and visit our office for regular checkups and cleanings. Together, we can help you achieve optimal oral health and avoid the need for tooth extraction due to periodontal disease.

Don't hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns about your oral health. We're here to support you every step of the way!