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If your tooth has been dislodged or you are suffering from severe tooth pain, you may worry that you need emergency tooth removal. Not every dental emergency leads to tooth extraction, but sometimes the removal of a tooth is the best thing you can do for your oral health. Contact your West Roxbury dentist if you are having an acute dental problem so you can be seen immediately and find out what emergency solution is right for you.
When Is Emergency Tooth Removal Necessary?
A consultation with your West Roxbury emergency dentist is essential so you can receive an accurate diagnosis of your oral health problem and undergo immediate treatment if necessary. In some cases, emergency tooth removal is the only solution, but every patient and every situation are different.
The most common reasons for tooth extraction include:
- Dislodged tooth: If a tooth is dislodged, it can be pushed sideways, out of its socket, or further into its socket. In some cases, if there is permanent damage to the root, nerve, or blood vessels, root canal therapy is conducted to prevent infection, abscess, or tooth discoloration. Sometimes, however, this traumatic dental injury is so severe that it requires emergency tooth extraction.
- Infected tooth: An infected tooth can sometimes be repaired with root canal therapy and the placement of a porcelain crown. A root canal saves the tooth and the crown seals the tooth so it maintains its rightful spot in your mouth. If the tooth is so infected that even the strongest restoration won’t be enough of an intervention, extraction is the only other option.
- Impacted wisdom teeth: Some people never have any trouble from their wisdom teeth. Others, especially those who didn’t have their wisdom teeth removed in adolescence, may experience impacted wisdom teeth. This problem is extremely painful, could cause an infection, and affects your oral health and tooth alignment. Impacted wisdom teeth that have grown sideways or only partially erupted are considered impacted, and the solution for this problem is emergency tooth removal.
What Happens After Emergency Tooth Removal?
When a tooth is removed, both the crown and roots are pulled out, leaving you with a space in your mouth. To prevent neighboring teeth from shifting, eliminate the possibility of a changing face shape, and get a complete smile, you will want to replace your missing tooth (though wisdom teeth do not need to be replaced).
Dental restorations are recommended to repair the area where a tooth has been extracted. This is usually done in one of two ways:
- Dental implant: A dental implant is the most secure and effective way to replace a tooth after emergency tooth removal. The implant takes the place of the missing tooth roots as well as the crown of the tooth so you have a complete replacement tooth, above and below the gum line. The implant is surgically implanted in the gum and, after healing has taken place, a permanent prosthetic, natural-looking tooth will be attached to the top of the implant. This restoration keeps all your teeth in their proper positions and minimizes the likelihood of your face shape altering because of a missing tooth.
- Dental bridge and crown: A dental bridge does what its name implies – bridges the gap between two teeth. The bridge is attached to two teeth by clasps and anchored securely in place by porcelain crowns to fill in the hole and prevent teeth from shifting. A bridge is also designed to look natural, so it blends in with the color of your natural teeth.
Get Help for Your Dental Emergency in West Roxbury
If you have a dental emergency and are worried that you may need emergency tooth removal, contact West Roxbury Dental Arts in West Roxbury for immediate care. We take every dental emergency seriously, so whether you are experiencing pain, trauma, or otherwise, we are here to help you through it. Every oral health problem has a solution – we will come to the best solution for your unique situation.