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Tooth Extraction Due to Periodontal Disease: What You Should Know

April 30, 2024

Although it may seem surprising, sometimes a tooth needs to be removed even if it appears healthy. The reason for this might not have much to do with the condition of the tooth itself, but rather the state of its supporting tissues. This is often the case when periodontal disease is present.

Understanding Periodontal Disease: A Silent Threat

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a condition that affects the tissues surrounding your teeth. It typically begins with the accumulation of plaque—a sticky film of bacteria—on your teeth and gums. If not removed through proper oral hygiene practices and professional cleanings, this plaque can harden into tartar, leading to inflammation of the gums (gingivitis). While early-stage gingivitis can be treated and reversed without any damage to the tissues, this is not the case if the disease progresses. Gum disease is a progressive condition that can advance into the deeper supporting structures of your teeth, causing periodontitis.

The Link Between Periodontal Disease and Tooth Loss

One major concern with periodontal disease is its potential to cause tooth loss. In fact, according to the American Dental Association, periodontal disease is the most common cause of tooth loss among adults.

As untreated and unresolved gingivitis progresses into a more advanced stage of gum disease, the inflammation and infection associated with it worsen, causing damage to the connective tissues and bone that hold your teeth in place. Without therapeutic intervention, these structures continue to weaken and diminish. 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 your natural teeth and prevent further progression of the disease, damage, and infection may necessitate extracting the affected tooth or teeth. When making this decision, we consider factors such as tooth mobility, the severity of attachment loss, radiographic bone loss greater than 50%, and other 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 your periodontal health back on track.

At the office of Clara M. Hyun, DMD, 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.

If you have any questions about tooth extractions or are concerned about the health of your teeth and gums, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We look forward to helping you maintain a healthy, happy smile!