You want to keep all your teeth. We want you to keep as many of your teeth as possible, too.
But sometimes …
In order to save your smile, you might want to get rid of some problematic teeth. How can tooth removal be good for your smile? We’ll give you three examples in today’s post of reasons we might recommend extracting one or more teeth.
You also should know that we can perform many extractions at our Modesto, CA dental office, but there are times when we may need to refer you to a specialist.
If you have questions, please call (209) 846-3961 to set up a consultation with one of our doctors at Sierra Dental Care soon.
You Have an Infected Tooth
We hope this is never something you have to deal with, but it happens more often than it should.
More than 90 percent of people will develop cavities during their lives. Some of those cavities will lead to infected teeth. Some of those people will get a root canal, which will remove the infection and save their teeth.
And some people will wait too long to seek treatment, at which point a root canal won’t provide many benefits. In those situations, taking the tooth out of your mouth may be the only way to prevent the infection from spreading.
We also want to emphasize that it’s important to replace teeth in these circumstances as well. Without a replacement, you could risk losing more teeth down the road.
You Are Ready to Begin Orthodontic Care
The decision to get braces or Invisalign® is a big one. It’s why you want to do everything you can to make sure the treatment is as effective as it can be.
Crowding can be a reason people seek out orthodontic options, but severe crowding can be an obstacle to the success of that care. In those situations, it may be necessary to remove a few teeth, so the rest of your smile can be realigned relatively easily.
In other situations, “baby” or primary teeth don’t fall out when they should. This can prevent permanent teeth from erupting or cause them to erupt in the wrong part of your mouth. This is another time with an extraction can set your smile on a straight path to success.
You Need to Make Room for Dentures
On the other end of the spectrum, you may have already lost several teeth. You are faced with a decision about getting dentures of one kind or another. It’s possible that the few remaining teeth that you have could prevent your teeth replacements from fitting and working as well as they could.
To help you get the most from your new “teeth,” you may need to remove the ones you have left.
We want to be clear. We would love it if you never needed any of your teeth removed. That would mean your mouth was healthy, and your teeth were in good alignment.
However, when removing a tooth is in your best interest, we will let you know and answer any questions you might have about the procedure.