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Cosmetic Dentistry: Subtle Changes for Big Differences

Cosmetic dentistry involves large scale procedures such as braces for adults, but this field also offers simple procedures that can make a huge difference to your smile. Hi! My name is Corky, and I have been committed to having the best smile possible for years. However, like many people, I also have to live within a budget. Because of that, I have found the best ways to make my smile look amazing without spending a lot of time or money at the dentists. If you are looking for a place to learn about the procedures that give you the best value for your money, you have come to the right place. In this blog, I am going to discuss procedures ranging from teeth whitening to veneers, and I am going to tell you how to make your smile beautiful!

Top Reasons Why Your General Dentist May Recommend Tooth Extraction

One of the dreadful things that many adult patients don't want to hear from their general dentist (and understandably so) is that they will need to have their tooth (or teeth) removed. While dentures are ready replacements for missing natural teeth, they can never look and function exactly like natural teeth. Nonetheless, it is the dentist's job to recommend the best treatment options for the problems that their patients face, and if they recommend tooth extraction, they have good reasons for reaching that decision.

Here are some common reasons as to why your general dentist may suggest that you need to undergo a tooth extraction procedure. 

Severe tooth decay

Anyone who has suffered from tooth decay at some point will tell you that it can be a source of discomfort and excruciating pain. Permanent teeth that have become severely decayed typically cannot be saved because the patient would have waited too long before seeing a dentist for treatment—by then, the decay would have reached the pulp. Under these circumstances, the only option available may be to have the decayed teeth removed.  

Advanced gum disease

Periodontal disease can cause extensive damage to the gums such that the supported teeth are also affected. As gum disease exacerbates, the teeth becomes supported and surrounded by less tissue and bone. This often causes the teeth to loosen to such an extent that tooth removal is the only effective treatment. 

Overcrowded or extra teeth

Having too many teeth in the mouth is a cosmetic dental issue. To remedy the problem, a dentist may recommend that some permanent teeth be pulled out so they can leave enough room the rest of the teeth to be properly aligned. Overcrowded teeth is also a common cause of impacted teeth—a dentist may suggest tooth extraction if extra teeth are preventing other teeth from sprouting through the gum.

Tooth fracture

Sometimes, a tooth may be extensively cracked or broken such that it cannot be repaired. For example, a tooth may break at the gum line, making it hardly visible to allow for tooth restoration, for example. In such a situation, it would be best to remove the remaining part of the tooth completely, so as to leave room for a new tooth replacement. 

It's essential for you to know about all the potential risks and benefits associated with tooth extraction, as well as possible outcomes of this kind of dental surgery ahead of time. This way, you will know what to expect.