Tooth Decay & Gum Disease Are Leading Causes for Tooth Extractions.

Experiencing oral health problems is very common but the further development of tooth decay and gum disease can lead to your teeth requiring extraction…

It is very easy to neglect our teeth in this day and age, but unfortunately short term and long term neglect can lead to serious consequences. A severely infected tooth becomes a threat to your oral health when the problem is not fixable with other restorative or preventive dental treatments. It will be a professional’s opinion to suggest extraction to avoid the rest of your teeth following suit or causing permanent damage. At Dr Geoffrey Deeb’s Dental in Holland Park we understand that extraction is a very delicate subject but restorative treatments are available in the event of an extraction.

Severe tooth decay can cause your inner tooth pulp to become infected…

Tooth decay occurs when teeth are exposed to erosive bacteria such as plaque and tartar. When these substances ‘attack’ the tooth they erode the enamel which is the outermost protective layer of the tooth. Enamel is one of the strongest substances in the body so it takes a lot of time and bacteria to erode it so badly that the inner layers (dentine and tooth pulp) are exposed. Extraction will be required if the tooth pulp (innermost layer) becomes so infected that a root canal therapy treatment will not be able to heal it. Tooth pulp contains nerve endings and blood vessels so there is a risk that the infection/tooth decay can spread to your other teeth and cause them problems if the threat is not removed.

Periodontal disease can cause your tooth roots to become exposed and deteriorate…

Gum disease is one of the most underestimated oral health problems that can be easily treated if caught early on. The earliest form of gum disease is gingivitis which is the inflammation and swelling of the gums. This is treatable with good dental hygiene and cleaning bacteria from the gums (which are causing the irritation) but if the gums are neglected for too long it can progress to periodontitis which will require professional treating. Periodontitis or ‘periodontal disease’ causes the gums to recede and separate from the tooth allowing the bacteria to form between the tooth and gums. This can eat away at the tooth roots and ruin the structure for the tooth that keeps it from wobbling and falling out. Extraction will be required if the gums are too infected to support the tooth and if the tooth roots have started to die.

If my tooth has to be extracted what can Dr Geoffry Deeb do to replace it?

In the event of an extraction Dr Geoffrey Deeb at his practice in Holland Park offers dental implants. Dental implants can also benefit those people who have lost their teeth during accidents or severe tooth decay or gum disease. Dental implants are titanium rods that are inserted into the jawbone where the extracted tooth once stood. This will act as the tooth root and will give a prosthetic/porcelain tooth a place to be attached too. Replacing extracted teeth is incredibly important to encourage oral health and to prevent further dental complications from occurring such as tooth migration and jaw bone reabsorption. Dental implants can last a very long time if taken care of and are the next best thing to a natural tooth.

Would you like to find out about our preventive treatments, our extraction procedures or our dental implants? You can call Geoffrey Deeb Dental today on 07 3397 1923 to book an appointment with us for an oral assessment.