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

March 25, 2024

When you think of tooth extractions, you might imagine getting a cavity filled or fixing a chipped tooth. But sometimes, teeth need to be removed for reasons that aren't immediately obvious. Even if a tooth appears healthy and has no cavities, it may still require extraction if the surrounding tissues are compromised by gum disease.

The Impact of Gum Disease on Oral Health

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a common inflammatory condition affecting the tissues surrounding your teeth. It typically begins with plaque buildup—a sticky film of bacteria that adheres to your teeth and gums. If this plaque isn't removed through proper dental care and regular professional cleanings, it can harden into tartar, causing gum inflammation (gingivitis). While early-stage gingivitis can be treated and reversed with no lasting damage, things get much more complicated if the disease is left to progress.

As untreated gum inflammation advances to a more serious stage of periodontal disease, the infection and associated inflammation become increasingly severe, causing irreversible harm to the connective tissues and bone structures that support your teeth. Without proper treatment, these vital components continue to weaken, leading to loose teeth and, ultimately, tooth loss.

Why Extraction May Be Necessary

Although our dental practice does everything possible to preserve your natural teeth, sometimes extracting the affected teeth is necessary for preventing further damage and infection. When making this decision, we evaluate various factors, including tooth mobility, attachment loss severity, significant bone loss on x-rays (more than 50%), and associated issues.

Tooth extraction in the context of advanced periodontal disease can serve as a means to stop the infection, promote tissue healing, and restore your oral health. Furthermore, with increasing evidence linking gum disease to overall wellness, it's crucial to take action to improve your periodontal health.

At our dental office, we offer gentle, precise care tailored to each patient's unique needs. If you require a tooth extraction due to gum disease or any other reason, you can trust us to provide the expert treatment and support necessary for maintaining optimal oral health.

We will carefully explain every step of your procedure and explore various options for restoring your periodontal health and rebuilding a complete and beautiful smile. Our dedicated staff is committed to helping you achieve and maintain excellent oral wellness, supporting your overall health in the process.