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

June 10, 2024

When it comes to tooth extraction, the reasons behind it can sometimes be surprising. Even if a tooth appears healthy with no decay or damage from injury, it may still need to be removed. This decision is often based on the state of the supporting tissues rather than the condition of the tooth itself.

Understanding Periodontal Disease and its Impact on Oral Health

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an inflammatory condition that affects the tissues surrounding the teeth. It usually begins with plaque—a sticky film of bacteria—accumulating on the teeth and gums. If not removed through proper oral hygiene practices and professional cleanings, this accumulated plaque and tartar can lead to gum inflammation (gingivitis). While early-stage gingivitis can be treated and reversed without causing tissue damage, this is not the case if the disease progresses. Gum disease is progressive and can advance into the deeper supporting structures of the teeth, causing periodontitis.

The Link Between Periodontal Disease and Tooth Loss

One of the primary concerns with periodontal disease is its potential to cause tooth loss. In fact, according to recent statistics, periodontal disease is the most common cause of tooth loss among adults.

As untreated and unresolved gingivitis progresses into a more advanced stage of gum disease, the inflammation and infection associated with it worsen. This can result in damage to the connective tissues and bone that hold teeth in place. Without therapeutic intervention, these structures continue to weaken and diminish. Teeth may become loose and eventually require extraction or even fall out on their own. Because the process is often painless in its early stages, periodontal disease has earned a reputation as a silent threat to oral health.

When Extraction Becomes Necessary

Although our practice does everything possible to preserve a natural tooth and prevent 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, the severity of attachment loss, radiographic bone loss greater than 50%, and associated factors.

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 your periodontal health back on track.

At the office of My Smile Dentistry, we provide precise, gentle care and partner with every patient to maintain optimal oral health that supports overall wellness. If you need a tooth extracted due to periodontal disease or another issue, you can count on our practice 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.

Don't hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns about tooth extraction due to periodontal disease. Our dedicated staff at the office of My Smile Dentistry is always ready to assist you in maintaining your oral health and overall wellness.