Although most patients fear a dreaded tooth extraction or the thought of having their tooth “pulled,” our dentists provide compassion, skill, and a focus on your comfort that you can trust. In addition we can alleviate some of the stresses that occur from getting this type of procedure done with the help of oral sedation which will help you get through your visit.
Reasons for a Tooth Extraction
Tooth extraction is often necessary to prepare a smile for restorative therapies, to alleviate crowding, or remove an irreparably damaged tooth. Another common extraction is the removal of the third molars, better known as wisdom teeth. These are ideally removed in the late teens or early adult years even though they may not actually be erupted at this time. Other reasons for a tooth extraction may include:
Damaged Teeth– If a tooth is irreparably damaged from trauma or extensive decay, they may need to be pulled.
Malpositioned/Nonfunctioning Teeth– In order to avoid complications that may result in an anticipated or negative impact to your oral health, Dr. Hodges may suggest removing teeth that are malaligned or that are essentially useless. An example of this would be teeth that have no opposing teeth to bite against.
Restorative Therapies– Restorative therapies such as braces may require tooth extraction to make needed space for improved teeth alignment.
Extra Teeth– In the event you have extra teeth or supernumerary teeth, your dentist may recommend having them extracted to prevent other teeth from erupting.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most commonly performed extraction procedures used to help eliminate potential problems. Dentists usually suggest the removal of wisdom teeth in the adolescent years before the teeth are fully developed. Problems with wisdom teeth that are grounds for removal include infection, decay of adjacent teeth, bite interference and gum disease. For more information on tooth extraction or to schedule a consultation with a dentist at élan by Dr. Meghan Hodges, please contact our office at (918) 528-3330 today.