There are many reasons a tooth may need to be removed. It could be due to tooth decay, gum disease, a fracture beyond repair, a broken tooth, to make space in the mouth, or prior to orthodontic treatment. Although rare, tooth decay in toddlers can lead to a necessary extraction.
Additionally, if the gum tissue and bone around a tooth gets infected, it will become a source of infection for your entire body and the tooth might need to be extracted. Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common types of extractions and is typically recommended before the roots have completely developed to avoid further complications and pain.
At Lakeview Dental Centre, we work to preserve your natural teeth as much as possible. Before recommending an extraction, Dr. Newman will observe other alternatives such as crowns, fillings, or other restorative options. However, there are situations where a tooth cannot be saved and it’s healthier for your overall body to have it removed.
Some of the advantages of a tooth extraction include:
Often when wisdom teeth come in, they are poorly positioned or there is simply no room for them to fully erupt. The term “impacted” indicates a tooth that is not fully exposed or erupted in the mouth. In most cases, this is because the jaw is not large enough to accommodate these teeth and they remain under the gum tissue and bone.
It is usually recommended to remove impacted wisdom teeth at an early stage. Waiting until you experience pain in these teeth can lead to higher risk of complications and recovery may take longer. X-rays help us determine if an unerupted tooth may be problematic.
At Lakeview Dental Centre Dr Newman is qualified to do all extractions for you, including the more difficult ones. Most of the extractions require only local anesthetic. If you are anxious about your surgical procedure we can offer you oral sedation or conscious sedation using laughing gas.