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Ideally, your natural teeth will last for a lifetime. However, there are situations when tooth extractions become necessary. In fact, there are some cases when extracting a tooth can lead to better overall oral health by preventing more serious problems, such as the spread of infection. At Brooks Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in McDonough, GA, Dr. Robert Brooks is your dentist for tooth extractions!
Reasons for Extraction
There are several reasons why it might be necessary to extract a tooth. For example, if a tooth is severely infected and cannot be restored through root canal treatment, extraction might be the best option for stopping the spread of infection and alleviating any tooth pain, discomfort, or sensitivity caused by the infection.
There are several signs that an extraction is needed. If you develop any of these signs, it is best to visit your McDonough dentist as soon as possible to find out if extraction is necessary:
- A severe infection has developed in the tooth
- The tooth has been severely damaged due to injury
- A wisdom tooth is impacted and will not erupt
- The teeth are overcrowded and you do not have sufficient space
- Deciduous (baby) teeth have not fallen out on their own in a timely manner
Procedure for Extracting a Tooth
The procedure for extracting a tooth is not necessarily complicated. However, if the root of the tooth is positioned in an unusual way, it can make extraction a bit more challenging. Prior to the extraction, an x-ray will be taken so that your dentist can examine the positioning of the root in advance. If it happens to be oddly positioned, the appropriate adjustments can be made to make extraction easier.
A local anesthesia will then be applied to the mouth prior to beginning the extraction procedure. The anesthesia numbs the area and helps minimize any pain or discomfort that might be experienced during the extraction procedure. In some cases, a mild sedative might also be administered to help a patient relax. Extraction can take anywhere from several minutes to around a half hour, and on average, the site takes about one to two weeks to completely heal after the procedure.
Give Us a Call!
To find out if you need an extraction, schedule an appointment with Dr. Brooks, your McDonough dentist, by calling Brooks Cosmetic & Family Dentistry at (658) 583-0330!
We treat most malocclusions (bad bites) with braces or clear aligners. But not all malocclusions are alike — some can require extra procedures to achieve successful results.
One such example is when incoming teeth crowd other teeth and cause them to erupt abnormally. The crowding also reduces the space needed to move the misaligned teeth to better positions. To make more room we'll often remove some of the teeth before undertaking orthodontics.
The key is to extract the right teeth. The best candidates are those whose absence will have minimal effect on both appearance and dental function. That's commonly the bicuspids, located right on the edge of the “smile zone” (the teeth most visible when we smile) between the cuspid (eye) teeth and the back molars.
Once we choose and remove the teeth our next concern is to protect the bone at the extraction site.Â The bone in our jaws benefits from the pressure created when we bite or chew. This stimulates new bone cells to form and replace older cells. Without it, as when we have a missing tooth, the amount of bone can diminish over time and affect the success of any future orthodontics.
To prevent this, we take care not to damage the gums and bone removing the tooth. We may also install a graft under the empty socket to encourage bone growth.
If we've removed teeth outside the smile zone, the resulting orthodontics will move teeth into the opened space. In the end, you won't even notice they're gone. Teeth lost or congenitally missing in the smile zone, though, may eventually require a replacement tooth. A dental implant is the best choice, but it should be put on hold for a younger person until their jaw has fully developed.
In the meantime, we can install a spacer or a temporary restoration to hold the empty space and prevent other teeth from drifting into it. This can be incorporated into braces or aligners, or with a removable partial denture or a temporary modified bridge.
Extracting teeth to aid orthodontics first requires a well-laid plan that could encompass several years. The end result, though, can be well worth the time and effort — better function and a new, attractive smile.
If you would like more information on the process of straightening teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Removal for Orthodontic Reasons.”