We all know how important it is to care for your teeth. Preserving your natural teeth and keeping them healthy for as long as possible is always our top priority. However, there are times when it’s necessary to remove a tooth (or several!). There are many cases in which tooth extraction is the best option:
- Trauma or Disease: With an injury, there are several options to try before extraction becomes necessary. A damaged tooth might need a full-coverage crown, a root canal treatment, or both. But sometimes even these methods are not enough to keep the tooth functioning well and looking good; it might be better to remove the tooth and replace it with a strong and lifelike dental implant.
- Orthodontic Treatment: Teeth are sometimes extracted when there are just too many of them given the amount of available space in your mouth – a situation known as crowding. After an adequate amount of space is opened up through the extraction of one or more teeth, the remaining teeth can be aligned properly.
- Impacted Wisdom Teeth: Early removal of impacted wisdom teeth can prevent damage to neighboring healthy teeth, bone, gum tissue, even nerves and blood vessels. If an impacted wisdom tooth is in a bad position, it’s best to remove it before its roots are fully formed.
- Baby Teeth: If a baby tooth is out of position or not lost in the right sequence, the permanent tooth underneath it might not erupt normally. In this case, removing the baby tooth could prevent a need for orthodontic treatment later on.
Whatever the reason, removing teeth is more often than not a very routine procedure. It largely depends on where in the mouth the tooth is located, and what its roots are like. For example, a small front tooth is much easier to remove than a large molar. This is especially true when that molar is an impacted wisdom tooth. Often, a wisdom tooth is blocked from fully erupting (growing in) by other teeth in its path.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause overcrowding and a variety of related health issues. They can lead to crooked teeth and damage to the surrounding teeth, for one thing, and they can lead to more serious periodontal disease. And they can hurt! In these cases, removal may be the best option, and we’re here to help.
If you’re experiencing any oral pain or discomfort, it’s important to contact us as soon as possible to treat the problem.
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