At Blue Water Dental our main goal is to preserve and maintain all of your natural teeth and keep them strong and healthy for life.
If your tooth has been damaged by decay or compromised tooth structure, we will always try to restore it conservatively with a filling or a crown first but sometimes the damage is too severe and even with a root canal it’s not possible to save your tooth.
Tooth extraction is typically a short appointment that can be done within the office. Occasionally for complex extractions and wisdom teeth we will refer you out to the oral surgeon we work with. Our goal is to make the process as comfortable as possible. After your tooth is extracted it will typically heal on its own but sometimes, we will need to place a bone graft and suture in order to prepare for a future implant.
Other reasons for tooth extractions
There are times when there is not enough space in the jaw for the teeth to come in. Sometimes this can result in overcrowding, tooth decay and anatomical malformations ultimately compromising esthetics and sometimes causing functional issues. Whether we use Invisalign or traditional braces we’ll be able assess whether teeth extractions are required.
Pediatric tooth development
If a baby tooth blocks the permanent tooth from erupting then we may need to prematurely extract the baby tooth to create a guide space for the permanent tooth to follow. If we don’t the retained baby tooth can cause a misaligned permanent tooth or an impacted tooth.
Sometimes 1 less tooth is a good thing
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to develop in our mouth. They come behind the second molars. If you’ve been told in the past that your tooth is impacted, it means that there is not enough space for the tooth to come in straight and into a normal position. In these cases, the tooth can erupt at an angle or an unexpected location.
When wisdom teeth are trapped under your gums this can cause pain and swelling and an infection called pericornitis. Because of their position in the mouth wisdom teeth are notoriously difficult to clean and can be a place where food is constantly stuck. Over time the wisdom teeth can decay or even affect the adjacent teeth causing nerve damage, cellulitis abscesses or infections.
With that being said, wisdom teeth should only be removed if there is good clinical reason for it. If you have the space and the teeth erupt normally then wisdom teeth can be left in place. When you come in for your exam the dentist will be able to make this determination for you.