Removing teeth is often seen as a last resort. Whenever possible, it’s best to keep your teeth intact.
And yet, there are times when tooth extractions are in your best interest. If you are in one of these situations, we can take out your tooth at our dentist office in Tulsa, OK. It’s not something we are going to recommend unless it is the best option for your oral health in the long run.
If you should need an extraction, Dr. Jan Cobble and our team at Masterpiece Smiles will do everything we can to make the experience as comfortable for you as it can be. We will provide local anesthetic to numb the affected area, and we offer dental sedation options (if you wish) to assure that you don’t feel a thing during the procedure.
We want to reiterate that if we can do something to save your tooth, we will. Even so, we want you to be aware of three common cases when tooth extraction may be the best choice for you or someone you care about.
➤ 1. Your Tooth Is Severely Damaged
In modern dentistry, we have a lot of ways we can save a tooth.
An infected tooth often can be saved with root canal therapy. A broken tooth may be fixed with a dental crown. If you act early, you may only need a dental filling to stop tooth decay in its tracks.
For a variety of reasons, many patients avoid coming to the dentist even as problems weaken their teeth. Decay can eat deeper, damaging the structure of a tooth to a point where even a root canal won’t be able to save it. Other people will try to live with a broken or cracked tooth without realizing the problem is getting worse with each day they delay treatment.
If your tooth no longer has enough strength to function, that’s when we may recommend removing and replacing it instead.
Taking out a severely infected tooth can prevent the infection from spreading. Yet, leaving a gap in your mouth could create new problems. By replacing your extracted tooth, you can preserve the appearance of your smile and prevent other problems as well.
And since we can do all of these things at Masterpiece Smiles, you won’t have to drive from office to office for the sake of your oral health.
➤ 2. Your Tooth Is Impacted
This can happen with any tooth as it is erupting, but it may be most common with our third molars. You probably know them better as wisdom teeth.
Most modern humans’ jaws are too small for these last teeth to erupt correctly. Most people get their permanent teeth by the time they are 12 or 13 years old. Wisdom teeth erupt — or at least they try to erupt — in our late teens or early 20s.
If you are one of the lucky ones, your wisdom teeth can come in without causing you any concerns. If you are like most people, however, your wisdom teeth could cause serious problems if they aren’t removed.
When teeth can erupt correctly, they can become fully or partially impacted, depending on whether they break the surface of your gumline. In either case, impacted teeth can cause a lot of problems.
They can increase your risk of gum disease and tooth decay. They can force your other teeth out of the way, creating crowding and bite alignment problems. In some cases, they can even put pressure on nerves creating lots of pain.
If you make regular visits to our dentist office, we can monitor your wisdom teeth as they develop. We often recognize potential problems before they start to affect you. When we see this happening, we will recommend removing the tooth so you don’t have to deal with the complications mentioned above.
➤ 3. Your Tooth Would Make Orthodontic Care Too Complicated
Our previous post discussed some of the benefits of orthodontic care. Unfortunately, straightening teeth isn’t always as straightforward as we might like.
Certain teeth may have grown in a way that makes them extremely difficult to move. That could make your orthodontic treatment more complicated, uncomfortable, and costly. It also could significantly increase the time needed to complete your care.
If removing a tooth or two could make your orthodontic care simpler and save time, then taking care of the problem up front might be the preferred option.
Don’t Let A Tooth Take Away Your Smile
To learn more about tooth extractions or any of our services, contact us online or call 918-925-9687.
At Masterpiece Smiles, we want you to have the healthiest smile that you can. Most of the time that means protecting your teeth for as long as possible, but from time to time, it does mean removing a tooth as well.