Preserve Your Smile With Tooth Extractions
In modern dentistry, we want you to keep all your teeth for life. For that reason, our focus is on preventive care. That’s why we encourage you to brush and floss every day and to make regular dental cleanings and exams part of your oral care routine.
Even so, there will be times when we recommend tooth extractions. Believe it or not, sometimes the best thing you can do for your oral health is to get rid of teeth are causing problems. Today, we want to discuss some of those situations, so you will know when tooth removal may be your best choice.
To find out if an extraction could help you or someone you care about, start with a consultation with Dr. Rachel Monteiro. Call 904-348-0416 today to schedule your visit to River Oaks Dental in Jacksonville, FL.
Four Times To Get Rid Of A Tooth
As part of our general dentistry, we encourage healthy habits to reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum infections, both of which can lead to tooth loss. Yet, most people will develop cavities or peridontal disease at one time or another. Even if a tooth becomes infected, you can still save it with a root canal treatment many time.
(1) Nevertheless, there are times with a tooth is just too badly damaged to be saved. In this situation, removing the tooth and replacing it is often your best option. By removing the tooth, you are getting rid of the infection, which reduces your risk of having that infection spread to other teeth. Replacing the tooth will restore your smile and your ability to bite and chew.
(2) Crowding is another time when a tooth may be more trouble than its worth. Crowding may be a function of the size of your teeth compared to your jaw. Younger patients sometimes have crowding if their primary teeth do not fall out before their permanent teeth start erupting. Taking out teeth can be an essential part of preparing for orthodontic care. Removing a tooth or a few teeth can make treatment much simpler, so you can have your new, straight smile sooner.
(3) Another common cause of crowding is the emergence of wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth are your third set of molars. Typically, they come in when people are in their late teens or early 20s. Unfortunately, most people don’t have enough room in their jaws for these teeth to emerge correctly. That can cause wisdom teeth to become impacted, which can create a number of other oral health problems. By taking out your wisdom teeth, you may be saving yourself from a lifetime of issues.
(4) The last situation we want to mention today is teeth replacements. If you have already lost several teeth, your best solution may be something like implant-supported dentures. If you have just a few of your natural teeth remaining, they could make your treatment more complicated. This is one of those circumstances when taking out that last remaining teeth could actually set the stage for you to have a healthier smile for the rest of your life.
If you should need a tooth extraction for any reason, please note that our team at River Oaks Dental will do everything we can to keep you comfortable during your procedure. We offer sedation dentistry for this reason. Sedation can keep you calm and prevent you from feeling any pain when a tooth is taken out.
Call our Jacksonville dentist office at 904-348-0416 to make your appointment.