The goal of every dentist is to help patients keep their healthy, natural smiles for life. Unfortunately, there are situations where removing one or more teeth is the best way to maintain the optimal level of oral health. In this post, we’ll walk you through the top five reasons we recommend tooth extraction. If you do need to have a tooth removed, your dentist may be able to begin replacing the tooth immediately, so you won’t spend a single day without a healthy, complete smile.
1 – DECAY OR DAMAGE
When a tooth is too severely damaged to support a restoration, we may need to remove and replace it to protect the function of your smile.
2 – DIMINISHED BONE DENSITY OR GUM TISSUE VOLUME
Patients who suffer from gum disease, take certain medications, or who have some chronic and systemic illnesses, can experience significantly diminished jawbone density or gum tissue recession. Without treatment, this can lead to a breakdown in the tissues that fuse with tooth roots, anchoring your smile in place. In some cases, this can cause tooth loss.
3 – CROWDING & IMPACTION
Crowding occurs when the jaw line does not have adequate space for new teeth. As additional teeth erupt, they may push teeth tooth close together or cause them to overlap. However, more serious oral health issues can also occur, including emerging teeth blocking surrounding teeth and teeth not erupting from the gum line at all (impaction). In these cases, we may need to remove one or more teeth to allow your smile to function properly.
4 – COMPLICATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH TREATMENT FOR CHRONIC ILLNESS
There are many chronic and systemic illnesses that lead to oral health complications, but sometimes, the treatment for these diseases also impacts your smile. Cancer drugs, chemotherapy, and radiation can all have adverse effects on dental health, leading to severe decay and often tooth loss. Complications following organ transplant may also lead to tooth loss.
5 – WISDOM TOOTH EXTRACTION
The most often extracted teeth are the third set of molars commonly referred to as wisdom teeth. These teeth erupt late in life, and there is often not enough space to accommodate them, which may lead to crowding or impaction. To avoid oral health issues that may occur, wisdom teeth are often extracted.
MEET DR. NGUYEN
Skilled dentist, David Nguyen, DDS, FICOI has completed advanced training that allows him to safely provide advanced treatments like tooth extraction for his Richardson dental patients. Additionally, Dr. Nguyen has achieved the prestigious fellow status in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. That means Dr. Nguyen is the best dentist in the area to remove damaged teeth and replace them with perfectly functioning, natural looking implant supported replacement teeth. If you’re ready to get started, call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Nguyen and the Dental Care Today of Richardson team. We look forward to helping you create a healthy, beautiful smile.