While we do everything we can save your teeth, our dentists may occasionally recommend a tooth extraction as the best option for relieving pain and preventing further infection. When you come into our office, we’ll make you as comfortable as possible during your procedure and follow up afterward to make sure you’re feeling better.
Reasons To Remove a Tooth
- Extensive Decay: The further and deeper a cavity has spread through a tooth, the more difficult it is for us to repair effectively. It is sometimes healthier to replace the entire tooth, rather than struggle to save it. If the insides are too damaged, or the decay of the tooth threatens those adjacent to it, extraction may be necessary.
- Space: Not every jaw is created equal. Some are smaller than others, and therefore unable to comfortably fit the same number of teeth as another. Wisdom teeth are usually extracted for this exact reason. Our jaws are, on the whole, smaller than they used to be in our genetic ancestry. Extra teeth are less necessary for our life expectancy, and space is much more of an issue.
- Impaction: This refers to teeth that never erupt completely—or sometimes at all—because of skewed positioning. During their development, some teeth tilt, lay horizontal, or even flip entirely upside-down. This makes them unable to take their proper place in the mouth. One of the most common causes of this is a lack of space, as discussed above. Many people’s wisdom teeth become impacted, and cannot grow correctly.
Each person’s mouth is an individual case, and must be treated as such. Not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed. Not everyone has a deep cavity which cannot be easily cleaned and saved. Our dentists here at Access Health Dental take extraction very seriously, and carefully consider each patient’s needs before prescribing this treatment.
If you have any dental needs, whether or not they require extraction, give us a call here at Access Health Dental. We’ll set up a consultation with you and answer any questions you may have about treatment options and procedures.