From the time of childhood when your first tooth erupts, your teeth are constantly developing and moving.
When teeth begin to shift, there is a chance that your mouth may become overcrowded, causing countless issues. Along with that, disease, decay, and trauma can further damage your oral cavity.
If this occurs, often times this will require having your tooth (or teeth) “pulled” or removed, also known as a tooth extraction.
In addition, many patients benefit from wisdom teeth extractions. The wisdom teeth are the last molars to erupt, usually around the age of 17. These teeth can be hard to keep clean and put you at risk for future decay. They can also cause crowding of your other teeth, leading to bite and chewing issues.
When a tooth is severely damaged and unable to shift, your dentist may recommend a tooth extraction. Undergoing a tooth extraction in a timely manner is important to protect your oral health.
Frequently Asked Extraction Questions
The most common reason for tooth removal is problematic wisdom teeth. When wisdom teeth grow in improperly, they can become “impacted”, which means that they are unable to erupt from the gum line. Teeth may also need to be extracted if they have been seriously damaged by periodontal disease or tooth decay. Saving your natural tooth is always preferred but is not always possible, so the extraction and replacement of the tooth may be the best alternative in some cases.
While wisdom teeth are a natural part of our bodies, most of us do not have enough space in our mouths to accommodate them. This means that when they emerge, they often grow in incorrectly! Even if they grow in properly, they can ruin the alignment of your teeth or your bite.
Typically, during a tooth extraction procedure, sedation is administered to the patient to make them feel relaxed and comfortable. Also, many teeth that are subjected to extraction have nerves that are dead or dying, which means that the affected tooth may not be able to send pain signals out.
Once the procedure is done, detailed at-home care instructions will be given to you. To speed up the recovery and avoid any complications, you must follow the given at-home instructions diligently. However, do know that the recovery period varies from patient-to-patient.
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