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Extractions Can Damage the Surrounding Teeth


Posted on 3/15/2024 by Weo Admin
Row of wooden tooth shapes, one of which is being pulled out of the row by dental pliersThere are several complications and risks associated with tooth extractions. When a tooth is extracted, it might cause damage to the surrounding teeth. This is why we opt for other remedies like root canal procedures to fix the problem. Tooth extractions can cause damage to your dental health in various ways.

Improper Teeth Alignment


The surrounding teeth may move after a tooth is extracted, causing misalignment. This will result in changes to the bite. Consequently, significant damage can be caused to the other healthy teeth in your mouth, leading to the need for further dental procedures. This can be prevented if a root canal procedure is used instead. But if the tooth is beyond repair and must be removed, the space should be filled with a dental implant or denture to avoid misalignment. Our professionals will assess your dental structure and fill the gap with fitting dental implants. This will help keep the remaining teeth in good shape.

Post-Surgical Risks


Following a tooth extraction procedure, patients may encounter several post-surgical effects, including inflammation, pain, bleeding, and, in rare instances, infections. Additionally, bruising and swelling around the extraction site are common occurrences. These conditions not only cause discomfort but also pose risks of complications, such as dental infections spreading to adjacent teeth. Effective management of post-extraction bleeding typically involves using analgesic and anti-inflammatory medications to control discomfort and inflammation. Given the inherent risks associated with tooth extraction, it is advisable to consider it as a last resort. Safer alternatives like root canal procedures may effectively treat infected teeth while minimizing post-surgical complications and promoting optimal oral health.

Bite Collapse


The collapse of the bite might occur, especially in patients who have had several back teeth removed. It involves the loss of vertical dimension, resulting in changes in muscle contractions. This will affect how you bite and chew food. In some people, the bite collapses completely, making them unable to chew food. Such effects make it challenging to enjoy food and put surrounding teeth at risk. Visit our offices for more information on the dangers of teeth extraction and how we mitigate these risks.

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