Sometimes, a damaged tooth can be repaired with restorative dentistry. From fillings to dental crowns and more, our Panama City dentists can repair teeth in many different ways.

But there are times when a tooth is too damaged to save, such as with a bad infection or an impacted wisdom tooth. These are situations where the last, best hope for your dental health is a tooth extraction.

Call our Panama City, FL dental office today at 850-588-0185 to schedule your next dental exam. Our Panama City dentists have the training and experience needed to know when (and how) a tooth can be saved or when it’s best to remove it. Thankfully, the tooth extraction process can be simple and routine.

When You Need A Tooth Extraction

It’s often tempting to ignore a stray pain or similar problem. It’s not like you have to go see someone every time you stub your toe, right? But pain is usually a sign something has gone wrong and need some attention.

That’s why you shouldn’t ignore toothaches or tooth pain. Even if it’s just an occasional problem, it’s often a sign that you need dental restorations. Here are some situations where ignoring these dental problems just make things worse:

  • Your other teeth start to grow crooked or get cavities.
  • Your jawbone starts to deteriorate and weaken.
  • A tooth infection spreads to other parts of your body.
  • A toothache comes more often or gets more painful.
  • A tooth grows weaker and can fracture while in your mouth.

That’s why you need to call Panama City Smiles at 850-588-0185. Our Panama City dentists have the right mix of training and experience to help know when a tooth really needs to come out.

Why Tooth Extractions Are Good For You

Here are a few cases where a tooth extraction is the best treatment option left available.

Your wisdom tooth is coming in wrong

Your third molars are nicknamed “wisdom teeth” because they finally come in much later compared to your other permanent teeth. That’s why wisdom teeth are often a problem. Because they don’t come in at roughly the same time, they can cause problems with your other teeth.

If they come in partially under your second molars, this can lead to more cavities and crooked teeth. Wisdom teeth can also get impacted, meaning they never fully break through the gums. This forms a perfect spot for bacteria, increasing your risk of cavities and gum disease.

That’s why wisdom teeth often have to be removed. While they can come in fine, most of the time, you need a tooth extraction to keep your mouth healthy.

One of your teeth has a bad infection

Cavities are caused by harmful bacteria in your mouth. (Don’t worry, everyone has these!) They produce an acid that creates holes in your enamel. If caught soon enough, they’re treated with a filling or dental crown. But if that cavity gets too deep, then those bacteria slip inside the tooth.

This is where your nerve endings and blood vessels for that tooth are located. When the infection reaches here, you start to get a toothache. Worse, the infection starves the tooth, making the enamel brittle. In these cases, removing the tooth is your best option because the alternative is letting that infection get into your bloodstream.

You have an overcrowded smile

Your baby teeth are designed to fall out when your permanent teeth are ready to come in. However, there are times when a baby tooth or two gets stubborn and won’t come out as intended. Then there are times when your permanent teeth are the problem. Some people are born with extra adult teeth.

Either way, you end up with an overcrowded mouth. This certainly does not look good, but it can be unhealthy as well. Food can get stuck in an overcrowded mouth more easily, leading to more cavities and gum disease. In these cases, the only effective treatment is often the tooth extraction.

Call us TODAY at 850-588-0185 or use our convenient online form to schedule your next appointment for a dental exam. Our Panama City dentists can make sure there’s no other way to save the tooth and keep your mouth healthy. But if a tooth extraction is needed, you can rest assured that our team can use a tooth extraction to help.