When you get your adult teeth, you expect them to last for the rest of your life. So, it can be a bit of a shock when you are told that you need to have one or more removed from your mouth. Extracting a tooth might seem scary, but it is a pretty straightforward procedure. Removing teeth is generally only recommended as a last resort as a way to protect the health of your mouth.
Pacific Ave. Dental can help you to understand why teeth are removed and what can be done after removal to help protect your oral health and restore normal functions to your mouth.
Why are Teeth Removed?
There are a few different reasons why adult teeth may need to be removed. Common reasons for removal include irreparable damage or decay and advanced stages of gum disease. You may also need to have teeth removed due to overcrowding, which helps to make orthodontic treatment possible. Removal is also recommended in instances of impacted wisdom teeth.
Sometimes, baby teeth need to be extracted as well. Perhaps your child has suffered significant decay. They may have suffered a substantial injury to the tooth that has caused too much damage. Children also sometimes need extractions if a baby tooth is lingering too long in the jaw and preventing the adult tooth from erupting. In cases where the baby tooth is removed before the adult tooth below is ready to come in, a space maintainer may be used to help keep the space open.
How Do You Remove Teeth?
Teeth are removed in one of two ways. A simple extraction is the easier of the two options. It is generally recommended when the tooth has already erupted and is not in danger of breaking during the process.
Teeth may also be removed with a surgical extraction. This type of extraction is done when the situation is more complicated. The tooth might still be below the gums, might be blocked, or could be in danger of breaking during removal. During your initial consultation, we will assess your situation and determine the best solution to meet your needs.
What Do I Do About the Empty Space in My Mouth?
Following the removal of your tooth, the empty space may need to be filled. This is done with a tooth replacement. There are many options available for replacing missing teeth, including bridges, dentures, and dental implants. We can help you to select the best replacement option to meet your needs.
Not all removed teeth need to be replaced, however. For instance, because the wisdom teeth are not vital, there is no need for replacement. Teeth that are removed due to overcrowding issues also do not need to be placed. These teeth are removed to make room so that the rest of your teeth can be properly aligned with orthodontic treatment.
Do I Have Any Other Options Besides Removing My Tooth?
Sometimes, it is possible to avoid extraction, which would be ideal. A root canal is commonly used to save a tooth from extraction. Endodontic surgery may also be an option. Tooth removal may be avoided with gum disease treatment. Bone grafting can restore bone mass lost as a result of gum disease, giving teeth greater stability. These options are considered when assessing your situation. If you are told you need to have one or more teeth removed, it is because the teeth cannot be saved with any other type of treatment.
If you have any questions or concerns about removing teeth, we are here to help. Call Pacific Ave. Dental at (360) 373-3515 today.