Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. Extractions are necessary for many reasons. The most common include severe decay, advanced gum disease, and broken or impacted teeth.
While tooth extraction is typically a last resort, there are some instances in which it is necessary to remove a tooth in order to maintain good oral health and prevent further tooth damage. Since missing teeth can compromise the health and function of surrounding teeth, it is important to replace any missing tooth as soon as possible with restorative dentistry treatment such as a bridge or dental implant. Other reasons extraction may be needed excessive tooth decay that cannot be treated with a filling or other restoration and teeth that are impacted vertically by bone or tissue blocking them from erupting properly. It is important to discuss all treatment options thoroughly with your cosmetic dentist before undergoing any procedure.
Some patients choose to extract their teeth if it is determined that they are a good candidate for orthodontic treatment. In these cases, extraction can be performed to make room for the teeth that will be moved into proper alignment by the braces. A dentist may also recommend having one or more teeth removed prior to placing an implant. This will allow the gums to heal properly so that the implant will not become loose or fail to integrate correctly into the jawbone.
If teeth are overcrowded, they may overlap each other, or they may be angled in such a way that they push against each other. This can cause a number of oral health issues, including tooth decay and gum disease. Overlapping teeth can be difficult to clean properly with either flossing or brushing. This can lead to plaque buildup and, eventually, cavities forming on the overlapped surfaces.
Crowded teeth are also more susceptible to developing periodontal pockets. These small openings between a tooth and the surrounding gum tissue are where bacteria and food particles can become trapped. Over time, this can lead to serious infections that affect the gums, bone structure and even lead to tooth loss. All of the issues that crowded teeth cause may require them to be removed completely.
Generally, wisdom teeth are removed either before or after they have erupted from underneath the gums. If they are removed after the teeth have fully emerged from the gum line, the procedure is called a “surgical extraction.” This is usually the case for patients whose wisdom teeth are impacted or only slightly erupted from the gums. Once the teeth are in their final position, they can be removed via a simple extraction.
Before scheduling your wisdom tooth consultation, consult with your dentist to determine the best course of action for your particular situation. In some cases, it may not be necessary to remove wisdom teeth at all. If removal is necessary, your dentist will be able to develop a treatment plan that best fits your needs.
To learn more about the dental extractions offered by Osuna Dental Care, call us at (505) 884-1989 or visit our dental office located at 8400 Osuna Rd NE #5A, Albuquerque, NM 87111. We look forward to serving you soon.