Reasons for a Tooth Extraction
Everything should be done to save a tooth before it is lost to extraction.
Tooth extraction is where a tooth is removed. Tooth extractions should always be performed by an oral surgeon. By understanding the reasons for tooth extraction, you will understand why an oral surgeon should perform the procedure.
Damage from trauma or decay
Generally speaking, your dentist will always try to repair a tooth that has been damaged. However, if the damage is too severe to be repaired with a filling or a crown, tooth extraction is normally the route chosen.
Because teeth will normally start to move towards the space where the removed tooth used to be and cause problems with your bite, you may need to consider the options of a bridge or a dental implant.
An orthodontic treatment, such as braces, may require a tooth extraction. Sometimes, especially when a tooth is too large for the mouth or is causing some other problem, it may need to be removed for the orthodontic treatment to be successful. This is common in the case of overcrowding of the teeth and the need for braces. Sometimes there are other conditions, such as overbite, that require the need for the removal of teeth.
Teeth are usually removed symmetrically, meaning that two teeth are removed from the jaw so your bite remains balanced. Careful consideration is required to ensure this is the case. If both sets of teeth require a tooth extraction, normally a total of four teeth will need to be removed.
You may feel that tooth extraction seems extreme in the case of aiding an orthodontic treatment and alleviate overcrowding but the alternative is more serious surgery to realign the jaw.
Not all wisdom teeth require extraction. Not all wisdom teeth cause problems but it is very common for them to become impacted. An impacted tooth is a tooth that has developed at an abnormal angle or has failed to come in because it is trapped under the gum and is pressing against other teeth.
In some cases, wisdom teeth can become infected and cause the development of abscesses, and considerable swelling and pain. At JMS Oral Surgery, we have state of the art technology to analyze the condition of wisdom teeth before we proceed with any tooth extraction to decide on the best course of action.
It is important to understand JMS Oral Surgery prefers a conservative approach to keeping as many teeth in your mouth as possible.
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