Extractions Can Improve Your Health

tooth extractionSometimes, despite your best efforts to brush, floss, and take care of your teeth, you need to have an extraction. While no one ever wants this to happen, it is sometimes genuinely the best option for your health. Whether it is because of decay, external trauma, or the need for a wisdom tooth to be pulled, your dentist or oral surgeon will fully outline their reasoning for recommending the procedure. Once you have a tooth or several, removed, there are plenty of implant and prosthetic options that will help you fill the space. In today’s blog, your Santa Rosa, CA, oral surgeons discuss the importance of extractions and your replacement options.

When An Extraction Is Necessary

Although it is easy to think that needing a tooth extracted is a consequence of poor oral hygiene, this is not always the case. In fact, in numerous situations, removing a tooth can improve your overall health — both of your mouth and body. For example, if you have a compromised immune system and are suffering from a tooth or gum infection, it can spread to other parts of your body. In other cases, a tooth can become damaged to an extent where it simply can’t be saved with traditional restorative procedures. Finally, wisdom teeth removal is exceedingly common, and extracting them can ensure the rest of your teeth do not become overcrowded, causing more damage to your mouth, as a whole. Overall, tooth extraction should not be looked upon with any stigma or reservation; it is often the right decision for your health. 

You Need To Replace Your Tooth Quickly

While replacing a missing tooth has noticeable aesthetic benefits, it can also benefit your overall health. Not many people are aware that missing a tooth — even a single one — can cause significant harm to your chewing ability. This might not seem like a big deal, but any hindrances to chewing can minimize the nutrients you receive from food. Additionally, when you are missing a tooth, your jawbone doesn’t receive enough stimulation for your teeth, which can cause you to lose bone density. This stimulation also releases key nutrients into your bloodstream. Because of all this, you should try to replace your tooth as quickly as possible.

Your Replacement Options

Luckily, there are a lot of replacement options to choose from. Dental bridges, dentures, and implants are all courses of action you can take, depending on your unique situation. Dental implants, in particular, are an excellent choice. They consist of a titanium post going into your gum line, which then fuses to your jaw. A prosthetic tooth is then applied. Similarly, you could have an implant-retained denture if you are missing several teeth. As discussed, having an implant go into your jawbone helps stimulate it, which keeps you as healthy as possible.

Schedule An Appointment To Learn More About Extraction

To learn more about extractions and implants, please schedule a consultation by calling Santa Rosa Oral Surgery in Santa Rosa, CA, today at 707-545-4625.