Tooth removal is typically not something dentists want to do.
If there is any way to save your tooth or, at least, the healthy parts of your tooth, then this is what we will recommend.
But there are circumstances when tooth removal is the best option for your long-term oral health. This is why it’s important to visit a dentist who will give you good information about what you need to do.
This is why you should visit Advanced Dental Associates if you live in or near San Antonio.
Why We Remove Teeth
As we mentioned, tooth removal is not our preferred method of treatment. If we are recommending tooth extraction, it’s because we believe it is what you need.
We’ll start with the most well-known example:
- Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth can be tricky. We know from fossil records that our mouths are not as big as our ancestors.
This can cause problems when our third molars come in. These are our wisdom teeth. These are the teeth that are the furthest back in our mouths. For most people, they erupt between the ages of 17 and 21.
Unfortunately, many people do not have enough room in their mouths for their wisdom teeth. This can cause your wisdom teeth to become partially or completely impacted.
Impacted teeth are fighting for space, so they may press into your existing teeth. This can cause misalignment problems, and it can increase your risk of oral infections.
In either case, you may need to have your wisdom teeth taken out.
If you are coming to our office for routine care, we may be able to identify these problems in the early stages. This can save you from the pain that can result if impacted wisdom teeth remain in your mouth.
- Crowded Teeth
Wisdom teeth can create this problem where it did not exist, but it’s also possible for people to have crowded mouths without wisdom teeth.
If your teeth are too crowded, then it may not be possible to correct alignment problems. For patients who are considering orthodontic care, tooth removal may be a necessary first step.
This can create the space needed to make sure your remaining teeth have room to be straightened.
In some cases, this can happen when a patient does not lose a baby tooth when he or she should. If this tooth remains in the patient’s mouth, then his or her adult tooth will not be able to erupt in the right position.
- Decayed Teeth
In most cases, tooth decay can be removed without taking out the whole tooth.
Depending on the degree of decay, a filling or a dental crown is usually all you need to repair the decayed tooth to something close to its original condition.
In severe cases, tooth decay can cause so much damage that your tooth cannot support a restoration. This also increases your risk of the decay spreading in your mouth.
Rather that put your remaining healthy teeth at risk, we may recommend removing the tooth, and replacing it with a dental implant and a dental crown.
This way you will remove the offending tooth while preserving the look and function of your teeth.
- Infected Teeth
Tooth decay isn’t the only threat to your teeth. Gum disease can attack your tooth at the root.
These kinds of infections can get into the center of your tooth, where you have pulp, blood vessels, and nerves. When the pulp is infected, this is when many patients will benefit from a root canal treatment.
In most cases, this is the treatment dentists prefer. As with decay, however, a severe infection can make it riskier to leave the tooth in place. This is another time when we would recommend removal and replacement instead of repair and restoration.
- Cracked Teeth
A minor crack may be treatable with a bonding or a dental crown. A severe crack can split your entire tooth vertically. This can leave your tooth too weak to be effective for biting or chewing and more vulnerable to infection.
This is another instance when removal and replacement may be the most effective treatment to preserve your oral health.
Talk To Someone About Your Teeth
It’s worth repeating that tooth extraction is usually the last resort. If you have or think you may have any of the problems mentioned above, then you need to schedule an appointment with the dentists at Advanced Dental Associates in San Antonio.
We can help you determine if tooth removal is necessary or if we can fix your problem in a less invasive way.