For all of your life, you have strived to save your teeth. You have brushed and flossed and shown up for your regular dental checkups. You have made a reasonable attempt to heed your dentist’s warnings about eating too much candy and you may have even had a few fillings or crowns in your lifetime.
So, why then, would there ever be a need to have your precious teeth taken out? With all of the emphasis on preserving your complete smile, when is tooth extraction recommended?
There are certainly times when your dentist or oral surgeon might suggest removing one or more of your teeth. The recommendation is always justified when the extraction is in the best interest of your health, and it will always be accompanied by an informative discussion regarding the risks, benefits, and alternatives of the decision.
Below, you’ll find a list of the most common reasons that you might be advised to have a tooth extracted:
- A tooth has been damaged and cannot be repaired.
- When it is necessary to address or resolve overcrowding.
- To improve the success of an orthodontic treatment.
- To eliminate an impacted or non-functional tooth (such as a wisdom tooth).
- To create enough room for dental implants or other restorations.
Having a tooth extracted is simpler and more predictable than ever with the help of modern sedatives and fast-acting dental anesthetics. This means that you won’t have to compromise on your comfort during the process. You’ll also be able to move through the extraction and post-operative portions of your appointments without any concerns about anxiety or stress. Your dentist may refer you to an experienced oral surgeon who can perform the procedure quickly and smoothly in a modern surgical suite with the latest surgical techniques and detailed follow up care that you deserve.
If you are faced with the decision to have a tooth extracted, contact our skilled and dedicated team of oral surgeons at Northern Texas Facial & Oral Surgery for advice today.