Tooth extraction sounds scary but it’s a completely safe procedure done by a general dentist or an oral surgeon. Extraction is usually a last resort after other treatments have failed to save the tooth.
So, how do you know if you need a tooth extraction? Here are things to consider before getting your teeth extracted.
Is tooth extraction necessary for orthodontics?
Sometimes teeth may be too large in the mouth causing crowding. Crowding may lead to other dental problems such as decay and cavities. It may also pose a challenge when receiving orthodontic treatments such as dental braces. In such situations, tooth extraction may be needed to realign the teeth in preparation for braces.
Do I need a tooth extraction for my cavities?
Your tooth may be severely damaged by decay, causing cavities that are not responding to other treatments. In this case, the best option may be to have it removed. Later you may go ahead and receive a dental implant for the missing tooth. This might correct a bite and reduce any discomfort you may have had.
What do I do about my wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are normally extracted when they become infected and cause pain. They often come in during the early 20s or late teens. These teeth often come in at awkward angles that may press the gum and other teeth. Wisdom teeth can be removed if they begin causing oral problems.
Do baby teeth get extracted?
Baby teeth or primary teeth usually fall out normally as a child grows. However, a baby tooth might need to be extracted if it hasn’t yet fallen out on time. Removing it paves way for the permanent teeth to come in normally and in the correct position. You should pay a great deal of attention to your child’s oral health to catch such problems early.
What next after a tooth extraction?
After the infected tooth gets removed, you might need to consider restorative treatments. Your dentist will walk you through all the available options. See the dentist regularly for follow up, checkups and dental cleanups.
Make sure you maintain good oral hygiene as this will prevent or reduce tooth decay. Brush twice a day and floss at least daily. Excessive sugary foods and acidic drinks aren’t good for your oral health, so be mindful of your diet.