Why Do I Need a Tooth Extraction?
Here are some circumstances that might require you to have a permanent tooth removed.
Hearing that your smile could actually benefit from having a tooth removed may sound rather odd but sometimes it’s necessary if you want to maintain a healthy smile. Our Charlottesville, VA, dentist, Dr. Michael Tisdelle, is here to explain when a tooth extraction may be necessary for you.
Wisdom Tooth Problems
The most common reason someone needs a tooth extraction is if a tooth is impacted, which is often the case with wisdom teeth. When wisdom teeth are impacted this simply means that they won’t fully erupt through the gums. If they only partially erupt they leave an opening in your gums where food and bacteria can easily become trapped and cause problems. When this happens our Charlottesville general dentist will recommend that you get your wisdom teeth removed.
Another reason a tooth extraction may be necessary is to make a little room in your mouth so that braces will be more effective. If you have some serious overcrowding then our dentist may advise removing one or two teeth to create enough room for the rest of your teeth to move more efficiently throughout your orthodontic process.
Sometimes a tooth becomes so severely cracked or decayed that it’s beyond repair. This is more likely to happen if you ignore symptoms such as dental pain or sensitivity or if you don’t come into our office twice a year for routine exams. If you don’t come in for preventive care then we won’t be able to detect decay or a fracture right away when it’s easier to treat. As the problem gets worse and begins to greatly affect the health of the tooth the only option we may have is to pull the tooth and replace it.
How do I know if I need a tooth extracted?
The only way that you’ll be able to tell whether a tooth extraction is the right approach for you and your oral health is to visit us for a consultation. We will perform a thorough evaluation that will include X-rays.
The X-rays will be able to detect dental damage and show us the alignment of wisdom teeth so we can determine what treatment will be the best option for your smile. If you don’t get an extraction when you are supposed to this could lead to some serious issues like pain or an infection.
Do you have questions about getting a tooth extraction? Are you wondering if you need to have your wisdom teeth removed? If so, call our Charlottesville, VA, dental office today to learn more.