Dental Office in Roswell

June 10, 2024

Sometimes, the need for tooth extraction can come as a surprise. Even when a tooth appears healthy—no decay, no fillings, and no damage from injury—it may still require removal. The reason it's deemed non-restorable and needs to be taken out might not have much to do with the condition of the tooth itself, but rather with the state of its supporting tissues.

Understanding Gum Disease

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an inflammatory condition that affects the tissues surrounding the teeth. It usually begins with plaque—a sticky film of bacteria—building up on your teeth and gums. If not removed through proper oral hygiene practices and professional cleanings, this accumulated plaque and tartar can lead to gum inflammation (gingivitis). While gingivitis can be treated and reversed without causing any tissue damage, that's not the case if the disease is left untreated. Gingivitis can progress into periodontitis if it's not addressed.

The Link between Gum Disease and Tooth Loss

One of the primary concerns with gum disease is the potential for tooth loss. According to the numbers, this condition is the most common cause of tooth loss among adults.

As untreated and unresolved gingivitis advances into a more severe stage of gum disease, the inflammation and infection associated with it worsen, causing damage to the connective tissues and bone that hold teeth in place. Without therapeutic intervention, these structures get further weakened and diminished. Teeth may become loose and eventually require extraction or even fall out. Because the process is often painless in its early stages, gum disease has earned a reputation as a silent threat to oral health.

When Extraction Becomes Necessary

Even though our office does everything possible to preserve a natural tooth and prevent further progression of the disease, damage, and infection may necessitate extracting the affected tooth or teeth. When making this decision, we consider several factors including tooth mobility, the severity of attachment loss, radiographic bone loss greater than 50%, and 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 Austin Dental of Roswell, 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 gum 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.

Don't hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns about tooth extraction due to gum disease. Our dedicated staff is here to help, and we look forward to assisting you in maintaining optimal oral health at the office of Austin Dental of Roswell.

Office Hours

8:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm

Contact Us

11775 Pointe Pl #101
Roswell, GA 30076
New Patients: (770) 526-9210
Existing Patients: (770) 475-3600