Tooth extraction is necessary if you have an unrepairable tooth caused by trauma or decay, impacted wisdom teeth, overcrowding is present, or baby teeth refuse to fall out. It is an important procedure that will allow for more optimal oral health in the future! Allow us to explain:
1. Unrepairable Tooth Caused by Trauma or Decay
Saving a tooth is always a priority, but if it’s been severely damaged by trauma or decay, that may not be possible. If you suspect a cavity or notice a black spot forming on your tooth, it’s important to make an appointment with your dentist right away. Dr. Strandburg can remove the cavity or decay and seal the tooth with a tooth-colored filling. If you have experienced trauma to the tooth, it may need to be removed and replaced with a restorative option such as a dental implant.
2. Impacted Wisdom Teeth
It’s not uncommon for wisdom teeth to grow in at an angle instead of protruding straight through the gums due to a lack of space in the jaw. When this occurs, the wisdom teeth often need to be extracted to protect the other teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth that are not removed can cause future issues, such as:
- Oral hygiene issues
- Infection due to a partially erupted wisdom tooth
- Pain, stiffness, or swelling if an infection occurs
- Damage to surrounding teeth
3. Overcrowding is Present & Orthodontic Care is Approaching
If your child’s orthodontist is concerned about overcrowded teeth, tooth extraction might be necessary to allow for optimal orthodontic results. Once braces are put on the teeth, it can be difficult or impossible for teeth to shift if there is not enough space in the mouth.
4. Baby Teeth are Still Present
Normally, baby teeth fall out when the roots dissolve back into the gums to form adult teeth. However, if these teeth do not follow out an appropriate age, tooth extraction may be necessary. It is common for baby teeth to fall out around ages 6 to 12.