Your dentist wants to save your teeth, but despite his best efforts there are certain conditions or diseases that can only be relieved by extracting the tooth.  Extensive tooth decay that is beyond root canal therapy is one example.  

Tooth decay is a silent enemy, but not for long.   It starts when the sugars from the foods that you eat mix with the bacteria that thrives in your mouth. That combination forms the acids which begin to work away at breaking down the enamel of your tooth.  The process takes awhile but if the deterioration is allowed to go on the effects of the decay will get through to the inner layers of your tooth where nerve endings are located.

Once the decay has broken through the enamel and infiltrated the underlying dentin it will advance rapidly because the dentin is made up of softer tissue that is easier to penetrate.   At this point you may begin to feel discomfort when your tooth comes in contact with hot or cold  liquids or when you bite down on certain foods.  Don’t ignore the symptoms!

The pulp of your tooth is its nerve center.  If the decay gets into the pulp your tooth will become infected and the symptoms will worsen.  You may develop a fever and experience swelling of the gum tissue surrounding the tooth.   If the infection causes an abscess it can affect the the jawbone as well.

Your dentist will recommend extraction as a last option, but if he does don’t panic at the thought.  A simple extraction is just that.  Your dentist will numb the tooth and the gums and bone around it with a local anesthetic.  If you feel the need for further sedation just let your dentist know.  And remember, even though it may be a first for you a tooth extraction is a commonplace procedure for your dentist.

The best thing you can do to avoid losing a tooth to decay is to get treatment asap and the best way to do that is to keep up with regular dental checkups.  Call Spokane Valley Dentistry @ 509-926-6261 to set up an appointment with Dr. Conway.