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When Are Tooth Extractions Necessary?

Your permanent teeth are designed to last a lifetime, but life has a tendency to throw a few curveballs at us. Everything from trauma to decay can cause your teeth to go through irreparable damage, making it all but impossible to save the tooth. When this damage occurs, it is extremely important to move quickly to minimize the damage, save the rest of your teeth, and avoid unnecessary pain from the injury. As a practice, we utilize tooth extractions as required when a tooth has reached a certain point of damage, decay, or overcrowding, making sure that we then replace the damaged area with a new dental implant. If you would like to learn more about the extraction process or think that one or more of your teeth need help, contact the elite team here at Fenton Family Dentistry today. Our family-run team can easily help you through everything from standard cleanings to extensive dental work. Here are three reasons that tooth extraction may be a viable option for your dental treatment.

Overcrowding

One of the most common dental issues people experience throughout their young adult life through the age of 30 is overcrowding. As your adult teeth move and shift into their permanent positions, they can become overcrowded as wisdom teeth, and other late budding teeth erupt and move into place. For basic to moderate overcrowding issues, we will generally recommend a treatment consisting of braces, Invisalign, or other aligners to slowly move your teeth into position without causing any pain. For more extreme overcrowding cases, we will first pull the required teeth, usually starting with wisdom teeth and then moving on to other required teeth, and then we will move onto the alignment treatments. This type of treatment will rarely require dental implants, as removing these problem teeth should allow for perfect spacing.

Infection

Dental infections are extremely damaging to your teeth, and if left untreated, can even invade your jawbone, causing bone damage and massive loss of teeth. There are a few different recourses that can be taken when a tooth infection is discovered. Once the infection has invaded the tooth and reached the interior pulp of the tooth, a root canal will be performed to see if the tooth can be saved. Root canals have come a long way in the past few decades and have become much less painful and invasive. If a root canal and a round of antibiotics does not remove the infection, the tooth will have to be pulled before the infection goes any deeper. From there, a dental implant will be put in place and secured to the jaw.

Damage & Trauma

Another common reason for dental extraction is severe trauma. Occasionally when people are in traumatic experiences like car accidents, major falls, or other physical injuries, one or more teeth will be in a state beyond saving. In lieu of massive reconstruction surgeries, which can easily cost tens of thousands of dollars, teeth can be extracted and replaced with dental implants. This process is far less painful and invasive than the alternative.

No matter what your needs may be, the industry-leading dental team here at Fenton Family Dentistry is ready to help you. Get all your family’s dental needs taken care of in one quick trip with our friendly and knowledgeable staff. Click here to make your appointment today.