There are many different situations that may require tooth removal. Here in our office, we intend to do everything we can to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible, including necessary extractions.
Why Would I Need a Tooth Pulled?
As a general rule, every dentist will try to save a tooth if possible. Sometimes, however, pulling a tooth is the healthiest option. These situations include:
When a Tooth Is Badly Broken | If a crack in a tooth cannot be safely sealed, the tooth may need to be removed instead. This might occur if the tooth has broken into several pieces, if the breaks run down into the tooth’s root, or if the broken tooth is at risk for infection.
When a Tooth Risks the Health of Adjacent Teeth | If a tooth has become severely infected, it can easily pass that infection on to the teeth surrounding it. Any tooth that cannot safely be saved through a filling, crown, or root canal therapy is a risk to its neighbors. Having a tooth pulled can protect your other teeth.
When a Tooth Is Impacted or Crowded | Impaction occurs when a tooth has grown in at a poor angle, and happens frequently with wisdom teeth. Overcrowding is also very common with wisdom teeth. Both of these situations cause unhealthy pressure and the risk of infection for the rest of the teeth. A tooth extraction would free up space for other teeth to grow straight and in their proper alignments.
In each of these situations, we recommend tooth removal to protect your oral health.
One of the most common tooth removal procedures is wisdom tooth extraction. In fact, almost everyone ends up needing their wisdom teeth to be removed.
Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars, which come in somewhere between ages eighteen to twenty. Many centuries ago, life expectancy depended on the health of the teeth. Growing an extra set of molars at adulthood would literally have been life-saving.
These days, however, medical knowledge, higher quality of living, and better foods make third molars much less vital. As a result, many people these days have smaller jaws, and therefore no room for more teeth.
For more information about wisdom tooth extraction options, see this page.
Tooth Replacement Options
Removing a tooth sounds difficult for a number of reasons. Here at Hope Mills Dental, we want to reassure you not only that our extraction process is safe, but that you also have a number of excellent replacement options.
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If you need to have a tooth pulled for some reason, we can easily replace your teeth to restore your smile!
Do You Have Any Questions?
You can also contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have about tooth extraction, replacement options, or scheduling an appointment. We are ready to help you save your oral health today!