You want to keep your natural teeth for as long as you possibly can. That’s what we want for you, too. And yet …
There are times with taking out a tooth or teeth may be the best option for the sake of your oral health in the long-term.
Don’t get us wrong, if a tooth can be saved, we will do everything we can to save it. At the same time, you don’t want to leave a tooth in your mouth that’s only going to cause more problems.
If you need tooth removal, our team at Hillcrest Dental Care can help. Today, we want to discuss X times when getting rid of a tooth can be part of the solution to your oral health situation.
To schedule an appointment at our Waco, TX dental office, please call 254-400-2868 today.
1. You are preparing for orthodontic care
Who wants straight teeth? Practically everyone, which is why orthodontic care has become so popular. With the addition of new treatment options (along with traditional braces), more people are starting this kind of care.
Before some people to create their new smiles, they may need to get rid of some problematic teeth.
For younger patients, this may be some primary teeth that have not yet fallen out. For patients of any age, this may include teeth that are so out of alignment that they would make orthodontic care far more complicated.
By getting rid of these particular teeth, you can reduce the time needed to complete your treatment, and you can improve the final result as well.
2. You have an impacted wisdom tooth
Look, wisdom teeth can be a real problem. Much like your appendix or tonsils, we usually don’t hear about wisdom teeth unless they are or have the potential to become a problem.
Based on fossil records, we know that modern humans have smaller jaws than our ancestors. As a result, many of us have jaws that are too small to allow our wisdom teeth (which are our third set of molars) to erupt correctly.
For most people, wisdom teeth come in — or attempt to come in — in their late teens or early 20s. If that tooth can’t emerge correctly, it can become fully or partially impacted.
In either case, the tooth can put pressure on your existing teeth. For some people, this forces changes to their bite. This can be painful in some cases, and it can increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease as well.
Fortunately, with digital X-rays, we can often identify potential problems before you have to feel their effects.
3. You have a severely damaged tooth
As much as no one wants this to happen, it does.
People will sometimes wait too long to get help with a tooth infection. That may mean even a root canal won’t be enough to save the tooth. Removing it may be the only way to stop the infection from spreading.
Likewise, you could damage a tooth as a result of an injury or an accident. A collision while playing sports could cause a deep break to a tooth. Biting into something hard such as an olive pit, hard candy, or an unpopped kernel of popcorn could cause a crack to form. If the crack spreads, removing your tooth may be necessary.
In these situations, we also would recommend replacing the tooth as soon as you are able. The best way to do that is with a dental implant and a crown. This both looks like a natural tooth, and it restores the function of your tooth as well.
Win By Losing
More often than not, you will want to do everything you can to keep your teeth. In those rare times when tooth removal is a good idea, remember to contact Hillcrest Dental Care.