Why Are Tooth Extractions Necessary?

ExtractionsAs a local dentist, extractions are often necessary for the health and wellbeing of the patient. Â Modern technology has improved to the point that there are a variety of ways to save a tooth before getting to this point. Â For example, damaged teeth can be restored with various options.One of the most common reasons for having a tooth pulled is to remove wisdom teeth.  These teeth are often referred to as the third molar, and they come in later in life.  Some kids get them in as early as twelve, while other people don’t see them until adulthood.  Still, in some cases the teeth never fully break through the surface but become impacted and grow in sideways.  Most of the time people don’t have enough room in their mouth for wisdom teeth.  Even when they grow in correctly, they can push other teeth forward which is inconvenient, especially for those who have had braces.  When they become impacted, the risk is more physical in nature as this can become uncomfortable and create a health risk when food becomes stuck in between the tooth and gums.In the case of wisdom teeth or any tooth that becomes impacted, extractions are necessary in order to remove it.  We make sure that the tooth is removed while keeping the patient comfortable.  By using sedation dentistry, we can ensure that the procedure goes smoothly and that a patient can relax.There are additional reasons that an extraction may become necessary. This includes:
  • Tooth decay. If a tooth has experienced such significant decay that it cannot be saved with a root canal or tooth restoration, the tooth must be removed.  If it remains in the mouth, the surrounding teeth can become infected, and a greater problem will arise.  It is far better to remove the one bad tooth than risk all of the others.
  • Major crack.  There are multiple techniques to correct small and large cracks in teeth without having to remove the tooth. Â While these are viable options in cosmetic dentistry, but sometimes they are not enough to hold the tooth together. Â When the crack is severe, or an infection develops in addition to the crack, it may need to be pulled. This will help you to feel better as a cracked tooth is incredibly uncomfortable.
  • Overcrowding.  When children lose their baby teeth too early, the remaining teeth can start to move and close the space that was supposed to be held for a future adult tooth.  When the adult teeth come in, this creates overcrowding problems.  In order to make room for teeth, you can have an orthodontics procedure or have some of them pulled.
These are only some of the reasons that we perform tooth extractions in our dental office.  If you want to learn more about this procedure, give us a call.

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