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

April 30, 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.

The Perils of Gum Disease

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a common yet serious issue that can lead to tooth loss. It starts when plaque—a sticky film of bacteria—accumulates on the teeth and gums. If not removed through proper oral hygiene practices and professional cleanings, this accumulated plaque and tartar can cause inflammation (gingivitis) in your gums. While early-stage gingivitis can be reversed with no tissue damage, it's crucial to address the issue before it progresses.

The Dangers of Ignoring Gum Disease

If left untreated and unresolved, gum inflammation can worsen, causing infection that damages the connective tissues and bone supporting your teeth. Without therapeutic intervention, these structures weaken further, leading to loose teeth or even tooth loss. Because the process is often painless in its early stages, gum disease has earned a reputation as a silent threat to oral health.

When Extraction Becomes Necessary

While our practice does everything possible to preserve your natural teeth, preventing further progression of the disease may necessitate extracting the affected tooth or teeth. When making this decision, we consider factors such as tooth mobility, attachment loss severity, 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 Pinnacle Dental Group, 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 gum 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 let gum disease catch you off guard. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and take control of your oral health!

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