Tooth Extraction: A Necessary Step Against Periodontal Disease

June 10, 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 Insidious Impact of 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.

The Devastating Effects of Untreated Periodontal Disease

One of the primary concerns with periodontal disease is the potential for tooth loss. This situation is by no means rare. 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. 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 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 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 the office of 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 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.

In conclusion, while tooth extraction may seem daunting, it is often a necessary step in combating the damaging effects of periodontal disease. By working closely with our dedicated staff at Pinnacle Dental Group, you can rest assured that your oral health will be well taken care of. Don't hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns about your dental health.

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