- September 1, 2018
In a perfect world, you would keep all your permanent teeth after they have erupted. In the real world, there are times with removing a tooth — even one that won’t grow back — is the best thing for your oral health.
Dr. Angela Harrell can help should you or someone in your family need a tooth pulled. With our sedation options, you can feel confident that you will remain pain-free during your procedure. And if you need to replace the tooth that was taken out, we have services to restore your smile as well.
Troublesome Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth are our third set of molars, which are the large teeth in the back of our months. These are the teeth used to grind up food. Typically, wisdom teeth erupt when people are in their late teens or early 20s.
Many people’s jaws simply aren’t large enough for these teeth to erupt correctly. This can lead to impacted teeth, which may or may not break the surface of your gums. Either way, when teeth are impacted — especially teeth that are hard to reach for cleaning — you have a greater risk of decay, cavities, and gum disease.
With regular checkups (including X-rays), our dental professionals often can identify potential problems before they happen. In these circumstances, removing the teeth early can spare you years of pain and problems.
Teeth That Have Been Damaged
Impacted teeth aren’t the only problem you could have. Waiting too long to fix a cavity or having a broken or cracked tooth could leave a tooth too weak to repair.
Our preference is always to save a tooth whenever we can. It’s why we offer so many options for doing just that. Dental bonding, fillings, crowns, root canals, and veneers are some of the ways we restore a tooth without needing to remove it.
Even so, some teeth are just too damaged to be fixed. In that circumstance, your best bet is to take the tooth out of your mouth and replace it. This might mean getting a dental bridge, or it may mean getting an implant-supported crown.
Preparing for Straight Smiles
If you read our blog regularly, then you also know that we offer orthodontic treatments at our practice. Many times, this is because teeth are crowded together.
As a result, you may have better results by removing a tooth or a few teeth. This can make your teeth-straightening process simpler and shorter so you can see your new smile sooner.
During your consultation, we can discuss if this could make a difference in your orthodontic care.