Tooth Extractions
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How To Tell If You Need A Tooth Extraction

If you suspect that one of your teeth needs to be extracted, the best way to find out is by scheduling a consultation at Downey Park Family Dental. An experienced dentist like Dr. Corey Acree can examine your mouth and determine if extraction is the best option for you.

Extraction is typically a last resort option. For example, if you have a severely infected tooth, but Dr. Acree believes it can be saved, he may recommend that you have it treated with a root canal and a dental crown.

Common Reasons For Extraction

Improper growth and eruption of the wisdom teeth is the most common reason for tooth extraction. The wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that grow into our mouths, and they emerge between the ages of 17 and 25, which is much later than our other teeth

In most cases, there is just not enough room in the mouths for this last set of molars, particularly in patients who have had orthodontic treatment. This can lead to issues like teeth growing in sideways, or becoming “impacted” and not emerging from the gums properly. These conditions can cause further dental complications like tooth infections or damage to the surrounding molars.

For that reason, most patients choose to have their wisdom teeth pulled when they come in. If are experiencing pain or discomfort due to the eruption of wisdom teeth and you think you may need to have your wisdom teeth removed, Dr. Acree is here to help.

Tooth extractions may also be recommended for teeth that have been severely damaged or destroyed by an oral injury, or extensive oral disease like tooth decay or gum disease. If your teeth can’t be saved, they may need to be pulled and replaced with dentures or dental implants.

Finally, tooth extractions may also be recommended to prepare for other dental procedures. If you are getting braces and have a very narrow palate, for example, one or more teeth may be extracted to make sure that your teeth can fit together properly after treatment.

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