The Reasons for Tooth Extraction
When most dental issues arise, like tooth decay, dental damage, and gum disease, seeking treatment early can often allow you to retain all of your healthy teeth. Sometimes, however, extracting a tooth may be necessary to preserve your smile if no other restorative treatment can save your tooth (i.e., an impacted wisdom tooth). Using advanced equipment, precise techniques, and the assistance of a trained anesthesiologist, we can often perform simple and surgical tooth extractions in just a single visit.
FAQs About Tooth Extraction
Why should I have my impacted wisdom teeth extracted?
An impacted wisdom tooth (or third molar) is one that has little room to erupt at the end of your dental ridge, and therefore becomes obstructed by the molar already present. As it continues to grow, the impacted tooth will push against the molar, potentially causing severe pain, dental damage, tooth infection, and tooth misalignment if not extracted.
What if a wisdom tooth doesn’t erupt from my gums?
Some impacted wisdom teeth will protrude slightly from your gums, but at an angle, and unable to fully erupt. If a third molar is completely impacted and does not erupt from the gum line at all, then you could require surgical tooth extraction to remove the wisdom tooth from underneath your gum tissues.
What other conditions could require tooth extraction?
Besides troublesome molars, other common dental issues that could make tooth extraction a requirement can include;
- A tooth that is so internally infected, root canal treatment cannot save it
- Dental damage severe enough that a dental crown cannot restore the tooth (i.e., a fractured or broken tooth root)
- An existing restoration fails (such as a dental crown or tooth filling), and the tooth suffers more severe damage or infection
- Loose teeth due to advanced gum disease that attacks supportive periodontal tissues and bone
- And more