Tooth Extraction Due to Gum Disease: What You Need to Know

April 30, 2024

Sometimes, the reason for needing a tooth extraction can seem surprising. Even though a tooth has no decay or fillings and exhibits no damage from injury, it may still need to be removed. The reason it’s deemed non-restorable and requires extraction may have little to do with the health of the tooth itself and more with the state of the supporting tissues.

The Impact of Gum Disease on Oral Health

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a common yet often overlooked issue that can lead to tooth loss. This inflammatory condition affects the tissues surrounding the teeth and is typically caused by the accumulation of plaque—a sticky film of bacteria—on the teeth and gums. If not removed through proper oral hygiene practices and professional cleanings, the accumulated plaque and tartar lead to gum inflammation (gingivitis). While gingivitis can be treated and reversed with no tissue damage, this is not the case if the disease is left to progress. Gum disease is progressive and can advance into the deeper supporting structures of the teeth, causing periodontitis.

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 American Dental Association, periodontal disease is the most common cause of tooth loss among adults. As untreated and unresolved gingivitis progresses to a more advanced stage of gum disease, the inflammation and infection that's associated with it worsen, resulting in 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

Although our practice does everything possible to preserve a natural tooth, preventing further progression of the disease, damage, and infection may necessitate extracting the affected tooth or teeth. When making this decision, we look at 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 you periodontal health back on track.

At the office of Oviedo, 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 practice 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.

Conclusion: Prioritizing Oral Health

In conclusion, while tooth extraction due to gum disease may seem unexpected, it is sometimes necessary to preserve overall oral health. By understanding the link between periodontal disease and tooth loss, you can take proactive steps to maintain good oral hygiene and seek professional dental care when needed. Remember, at our practice, we prioritize your oral health and will work with you to ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy for years to come.