Dental care is about helping you have the healthiest smile possible.
A vast majority (let’s say 90 to 95 percent) of the time that means helping your keep as many teeth as you can.
During those few occasions when a tooth should be removed, you should come to our Modesto, CA dental office for your oral surgery. Indeed, tooth extractions may be the most common surgical procedure we do at Sierra Dental Care.
Today, you’ll learn a few reasons why you might be better off taking out a tooth than keeping it.
Call 209-846-3961 to schedule an appointment if you think tooth removal could be an option for you.
You Want a Straight Smile
If you are thinking about orthodontic care for yourself or your daughter or son, then removing one or a few teeth could be the first step.
Crowding is often a factor in the alignment of someone’s teeth. The shape and development of our jaw can affect how teeth can erupt and if they are able to erupt correctly.
Removing some troublesome teeth can make your treatment much less complicated and much more effective. It also can reduce the time needed to complete your treatment by making the changes easier as well.
If you are interested in orthodontic care, we offer Invisalign® clear aligners at our office. For many patients, these are a comfortable, convenient, and discreet alternative to traditional braces.
You Have an Impacted Tooth
Above, we mentioned that a tooth may not erupt correctly. Teeth that partially break the surface of your gums are considered partially impacted. Teeth that remain below the gumline are fully impacted.
Either way, this can be a problem.
Impacted teeth can push on teeth that have already erupted. This can affect the alignment of your smile. It also can create spaces that are difficult to clean. That is an opportunity for bacteria to build plaque, which raises your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
By taking teeth, you could be avoiding long-term oral health issues (assuming you need up good and consistent oral hygiene habits).
Your Tooth is Severely Damaged
In the opening of this post, we pointed out that we want to save teeth whenever we can. It’s the reason we offer restorative services such as fillings, dental crowns, and root canals. Many times, these are just what you need to fix the problem and bring back the form and function of a tooth.
There are other times when the damage is too great to save a tooth. Large cavities can make a tooth too weak to support a crown. Deep breaks or cracks can have a similar effect.
In those circumstances, you will be better off removing and replacing a tooth instead. A great tooth replacement option can be getting a dental implant to support a new crown.
Pulling a Tooth to Save Your Smile
If you are wondering what can be done to end your pain or improve your smile, please plan a visit to Sierra Dental Care. We can give you the information you need to decide if a tooth extraction or another service may be the best option for you.