Removing a tooth isn’t exactly a subject many people are eager to discuss. However, you may be surprised to learn that extractions often help prevent serious complications related to wisdom tooth eruption, and can even aid in correcting uneven teeth. Let’s find out why we sometimes prescribe an extraction for patients in Independence, MO.
Wisdom Teeth and More
The most common reason for prescribing an extraction is to prevent wisdom tooth impaction. For many of us, up to four additional teeth will arrive in our late teens and early 20s. For some, they arrive without issue. However, for others they become impacted, only partially erupting. The wisdom teeth then cause misalignment, infection, and severe discomfort. To avoid these problems, we remove them completely before they even erupt.
If you have a severe infection, one a root canal can no longer address, we may remove the tooth to prevent the spread to infection to surrounding teeth or the jawbone itself. We also remove teeth that become loose due to advanced gum disease. If you have misalignment, we may need to remove a tooth to make room for smile correction, improving the alignment and health of your smile. If you sustain serious damage, again removing a tooth may be the best option for safeguarding your overall oral health.
The Removal Process
We begin by administering anesthesia and sedation, which helps you remain calm and comfortable throughout the procedure. The dentist will then loosen the tooth and remove it using a pair of forceps. You may feel pressure, but we always take steps to ensure your comfort throughout the proceedings. We will then suture the area closed. When you leave, we will schedule a follow-up visit and offer detailed instructions for eating and caring for your smile in the hours and days following the extraction. We want to ensure a fast healing process and help you avoid complications.
While wisdom teeth clearly need no replacement, what if you lose a tooth to gum disease, injury, or infection? If you have a gap in your smile, we can discuss a dental prosthetic to address the issue. A dental bridge replaces between one and three missing teeth in a row. We also have single tooth dental implants, as well as full and partial dentures. If you have any questions about tooth removal, or regarding our tooth replacement options, then contact our team today.
Ready to Stop Your Wisdom Teeth?
With an extraction, we have a means of removing troublesome teeth and maintaining optimal oral health. For more information on our restorative dental care treatment options, schedule a consultation by contacting Independence Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Independence, MO, today at 816-350-0808. We also proudly serve patients who live in Kansas City, Grain Valley, Liberty, and all surrounding communities.