Tooth extractions are always our last resort at New Horizon Institute. Our experienced team will always do their best to save your tooth, and explore alternatives to restore your oral health. But sometimes, extractions are the best way to relieve pain, prevent further complications, or restore your oral health. So why might you need to have a tooth extracted in Tempe? In this blog, we’ll discuss the top 8 reasons why a tooth extraction may be the right choice for you.
Overcrowding is particularly common with wisdom teeth. Since they grow in between the ages of 18-25, which is much later than the rest of the teeth, many patients don’t have enough room for them. Overcrowding can damage or move the nearby teeth. It also causes a higher risk of cavities or gum disease, since it’s much harder to clean teeth properly if they're overcrowded.
Impaction can happen to other teeth but is the most common with wisdom teeth. Impaction means that the tooth has not fully emerged from the gums. This can lead to a higher risk of tooth infections and lots of other problems. If you have an impacted wisdom tooth, extraction is usually the best treatment.
If you have a serious cause of gum disease (periodontitis), you may need to have one or more teeth extracted. Gum disease can permanently destroy your teeth and their support structures, causing lots of pain and interfering with proper dental functions. Depending on the extent of the gum disease, it may be necessary to extract one, several, or all of your teeth.
If one or more of your teeth have not formed properly, it may be necessary to extract them. This is the best way to prevent further complications. Replacing your tooth with a denture or dental implant also will restore the appearance and beauty of your smile.
Deep cracks, chips, or fractures in the tooth may require extraction. However, this is only usually necessary if you have not gotten timely emergency dental care. If you see a dentist right away, you can usually save your tooth with a root canal and a dental crown. But if you don’t get help, the tooth could become infected and require extraction.
If you’ve got an infected tooth and you haven’t gotten treatment with root canal therapy, the tooth will cause you significant pain. It may even cause a serious, life-threatening condition called “sepsis.” In some cases, it may be necessary to extract the tooth to prevent further complications.
If you have a very crowded or small mouth, extractions may be needed along with orthodontic treatments, such as braces. Tooth extractions can open up a bit more room in your mouth, providing your dentist with the space they need to create a picture-perfect, healthy smile.
If you’re getting a dental implant or a denture to replace a damaged tooth, the tooth will need to be extracted before you restore your smile. And if you’re getting full-mouth (complete) dentures, you will need to have all of your remaining teeth extracted, even if they're healthy. This is because dentures must fit perfectly over the gums, and any remaining teeth will interfere with their fit and function.
At New Horizon Institute, our team is always standing by to help patients in Tempe. If you think that you need a tooth extraction, just contact us or give us a call at (480) 664-2270. During your appointment with Dr. Moody, he’ll examine your mouth, discuss all of your options, and make sure that an extraction is the best choice for your unique situation. We’re always accepting new patients in Tempe, so get in touch to schedule your appointment now.