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Reasons for Tooth Extractions

jaw-painThere are many different dental care services that our team can provide. Each is designed to ensure lasting dental health for the patient in the long run. When you meet with a restorative and cosmetic dentist, you’ll be able to learn more about all of your options for advanced care.

Right now, we’d like to look at some of the basics regarding tooth extractions. Some patients do not realize just how important an extraction can be for maintaining overall dental wellness, but it’s true.

Tooth Extraction is a Last Resort in Many Cases

Our dental care team will always strive to save each tooth. It’s always ideal for patients to maintain as much of their natural tooth structure as possible. When a tooth cannot be saved or when it is no longer advantageous for a tooth to remain, the extraction of the tooth is a much better option.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom teeth are an extra set of molars that usually grow in during the late teens or early twenties. When they grow in crooked, wisdom teeth can impact the existing teeth and cause pain. Since these extra molars are not necessary, removal of the wisdom teeth is a good idea.

Severe Tooth Decay

When a tooth is severely decayed, the structure of the tooth may be so compromised that it cannot be restored at all. In such cases, it’s better to remove the tooth so it does not cause discomfort or further harm to the patient.

Major Tooth Damage

When a tooth is injured as a result of trauma, it’s always best to try to save it. In some cases, the tooth may not be able to be saved. In these situations, the ideal options for effective restorative dentistry care is the removal of the tooth.

Serious Root Canal Infection

When a root canal infection occurs, it is important that the infected dental pulp be removed so that the infection does not spread to the jawbone and other structures. In some cases, it will be a much better idea for the severely infected tooth to be extracted.

Gum Disease

Gum disease in its more advanced stages can cause teeth to be loose or misaligned. Tooth loss can also occur. When the gum tissue is too infected, the extraction of the tooth may be the only feasible option.

Spacing and Crowding Issues/Malocclusion

It may sound surprising, but sometimes tooth extraction is a great option for patients with severe crowding of the teeth. This is often done in combination with orthodontic care to improve overall dental alignment.

Treatments for Tooth Loss

When a tooth has been extracted, there are plenty of ways that dentists can replace the teeth. By using dental bridges, dentures, and dental implants, dental health experts can restore the appearance of a patient’s smile as well as full functionality.

Schedule a Consultation for Dental Care Treatment

If you would like more information about advanced dental care therapies and how our dental team can help you, be sure to contact our La Jolla cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The entire team is eager to discuss these issues with you in greater detail and help you achieve total wellness in the process.

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