The pain of an abscessed tooth feels so severe that you find it difficult to fight the urge to yank it out yourself. Remember that this condition occurs due to advanced tooth decay. It’s like a ticking time bomb; you can’t diffuse alone. It is best to leave it to a medical squad.
Dangers of an Abscessed Tooth
Although abscessed infections are bound to remain in the affected area, a spread is always possible. When you experience the symptoms, make an appointment with a dental professional. Let them decide if you need an extraction or not.
When an abscess in your lower tooth spreads, it affects your neck area and the floor of your mouth. This can cause difficulty in breathing. The infection can reach your sinuses and eyes if an upper molar or tooth is affected. Spreading of these infections is rare, but you can be in deep trouble if they occur.
Risks of Extracting an Abscessed Tooth
Extracting the affected tooth sounds like a permanent solution for a dental abscess. However, this solution does not come easy, and it contains a set of complications. Let’s discuss some major risks associated with the extraction of an abscessed tooth.
1. Impacting Neighboring Teeth and Triggering Gum Disease
Tooth extractions are not plain; they are a tricky business. You are not extracting a tooth but messing with a fragile bone structure that involves neighboring teeth and gum tissues. When you get an abscessed tooth pulled, you put an entire bone structure at risk.
Plus, an empty socket unlocks new channels for bacteria to come and reside there, causing further decay. Inviting bacteria through the empty socket can trigger gum disease if you never had a gum disease.
2. Giving an Open Access to Maxillary Sinus
If the abscess involves your upper teeth, pulling it out can puncture the maxillary sinus cavity. If this happens, you end up laying a path for infections to invade the sinuses. This can cause respiratory problems and sinusitis. Infections in these areas are difficult to cure and can even lead to surgical interventions.
3. Loss of Bone Structure
An extracted tooth leaves an empty socket. This empty socket indicates that your bone is no longer being stimulated and will soon be resorbed. This results in bone shrinkage and can trigger a demand for bone grafts if you opt for dental implants later.
Why Won’t the Dentist Remove a Tooth with an Abscess?
An abscessed tooth hides a periodontal infection under it. Such an infection can require a major jaw reconstructive operation. To carefully extract a tooth, your dentist will prescribe some antibiotics to remove the infection first. Remember that your dentist, at any cost, tries their best to save your natural tooth. They always perform extraction as a last resort for your oral well-being.
Handling an abscessed tooth is not a cakewalk. Pulling an abscessed tooth without a professional consultation can be life-threatening. You can never correctly estimate how many infections you are inviting.
Contact Dr. Aliasgar Y.Mogri at Porter Smiles Dental. Our doctor has developed various endodontic and restorative treatment expertise to offer you the right solution. Call us at (281) 519 7200 to schedule an appointment.