Only after a dentist has ruled out every other option will they decide upon a tooth extraction.  Creating a gap in the gums is really unfortunate for the other healthy incisors in the mouth.  It also affects the bone in the area where the incisor is missing.  It isn’t the preferred outcome.  A dentist will try other procedures such as root canals and fillings, or crowns and bridges before deciding that a tooth extraction is imminent.

Accidents as well as poor oral hygiene are some of the reasons why people end up losing incisors.  Decay is the leading cause of the need for a tooth extraction.  Decay takes place because of the buildup of plaque.  Plaque is caused by bacterium in the mouth lying against the incisor.  Plaque is a sticky substance that attracts food particles and builds a breeding ground for germs.  These begin the process of eating away at the enamel first and then the dentin and the pulp and finally down to the root.

If decay is detected at the stage of only causing cavities through the enamel or dentin, a filling may be the procedure that will correct the problem.  However, if it reaches the pulp or the root, a root canal followed by a crown or bridge may correct the problem, or it may require a tooth extraction.

Routine care such as proper brushing and daily flossing can help a patient avoid cavities that lead to all of these problems.  Maintaining proper oral hygiene through checkups and exams with the dentist can also avoid cavities.  Mouth washes or rinses can also be a great aid in making sure that the patient’s mouth remains healthy and cavity free as well.