When Are Tooth Extractions Necessary?
COMMON REASONS YOU MAY NEED A TOOTH EXTRACTED
About six months after you're born, the first of your 20 baby (primary) teeth start to come in. By about 12 years old, your baby teeth should have fallen out to make room for your 32 adult (permanent) teeth. At some point, most people in Austin, TX will need to have a dental extraction. There's many reason why you may need to have a tooth or teeth extracted. Most commonly, people get their wisdom teeth extracted in their late teens or early twenties, but there's plenty of other reasons your Austin, TX dentist may suggest an extraction. At Meadows Dental Care, we perform both simple and surgical extractions to help spacing, if a tooth is damaged beyond repair, after a trauma, and other reasons. Our experienced team uses different levels of sedation based on your needs so you feel comfortable and relaxed during your extraction. Below we discuss some of the most common reasons a dental extraction may be performed:
A simple extraction is performed after a tooth has erupted above the gumline and needs to be removed. After using local anesthesia to numb the gum tissue surrounding the tooth, your dentist will use special instruments to loosen and extract the entire tooth. Some of the reasons a simple extraction may be performed are:
When you do not have enough space for all of your teeth to fit properly, a simple extraction may be recommended. Your teeth may be crowded if they are too large, you lost your baby teeth too late, or if one or more teeth grow in crooked. Crowding can cause gum disease, tooth decay, pain, and difficulty chewing or speaking. A tooth extraction can make room for the rest of your teeth, allowing them to grow properly.
- DENTAL TRAUMA
A dental trauma can be the result of a sports injury, a car accident, or a simple everyday mishap. While a dentist may try to repair the tooth with a crown, root canal, or another procedure, sometimes, the tooth will need to be pulled. If a permanent tooth is extracted after a trauma, you can fill the gap with an implanted crown or dental bridge. At Meadows Dental Care, we offer custom dental restorations that look like your natural teeth.
- TOOTH DECAY
Untreated tooth decay is one of the most common reasons for a simple extraction. In the earliest stages, tooth decay causes a cavity, which can be repaired with a tooth-colored filling. Without treatment, a cavity will spread to the entire tooth until it needs a root canal or an extraction to prevent the infection from reaching other teeth or your gums. Some patients don't get a cavity fixed because of fears and anxieties. At Meadows Dental Care, we use advanced techniques and modern equipment along with sedation options to help our patients stay relaxed and comfortable during routine appointments and during longer procedures, like fillings and extractions.
- BABY TEETH
Between the ages of 6 and 12 years old, baby teeth should fall out to make room for the developing adult teeth. In some children, the baby teeth may need a little help getting out of the way in time. During your child's annual dental exam, your dentist will look at their digital x-rays and determine if a simple extraction is needed to remove any baby teeth. If the baby teeth haven't fallen out by the time the new teeth are ready to erupt from the gumline, the adult teeth will grow in crooked. A simple extraction can help your child avoid extensive orthodontic treatment later.
Surgical extractions are performed when a tooth that has not erupted above the gumline needs to be removed. After a sedation method is administered (typically nitrous oxide gas and/or oral-conscious sedation), your dentist will make an incision in your gums so they can reach and remove the tooth. This is most commonly needed to remove the wisdom or impacted teeth.
- WISDOM TEETH
The third molars (commonly known as the wisdom teeth) are the last of your permanent teeth to develop. Most people do not have room in their mouth for these four molars, so they need to be extracted before they erupt. Ideally, the surgical extraction of the wisdom teeth is performed in the late teens or early 20s as soon as the teeth are fully formed. If you wait too long to have your wisdom teeth removed, you may experience pain and have to undergo a more extensive procedure to have them extracted.
- IMPACTED TEETH
Sometimes a tooth will become stuck (impacted) and is unable to erupt from the gums. This is one reason why it's important to bring children to the dentist for annual dental exams. Your dentist will be able to identify impacted teeth on digital x-rays and perform a surgical extraction before there is pain or an infection.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU NEED A DENTAL EXTRACTION
If you believe that you need a tooth removed or if you have any questions, contact our office in Austin, TX to set up a consultation. Our team of dental professionals at Meadows Dental Care is skilled in both simple and surgical tooth extractions for patients of all ages. We offer different levels of sedation to help keep you or your child calm and comfortable throughout the process. To replace a tooth after an extraction, we offer custom restorations, including implanted crowns and dental bridges. We use high-quality materials and shade the restoration to match your teeth so your smile looks beautiful.
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