Whenever possible, we try to preserve as much of our patients’ natural tooth material as possible. That said, there are situations that require tooth removal.
All our offices offer this service, which means you can get tooth removal in the 76201, 75075, 76240, and 76234 area codes.
Today, we want to discuss the situations that might necessitate extraction. We’ll also discuss what to expect if you need to get a tooth pulled and how to prevent future tooth loss.
Sometimes, there isn’t enough room in your mouth for all the teeth that are coming in. In these situations, pulling one or more teeth can make enough room for all your other teeth.
Cavities are the most common reason for tooth extraction. Decayed material needs to be removed from your mouth because, if left untreated, the infection can spread throughout the rest of your mouth. Pulling the tooth can also address any discomfort you’re experiencing.
Extraction is only necessary in extreme cases. Depending on the level of tooth decay you’re experiencing, you may instead be a good candidate for a filling.
When a tooth doesn’t make its way through the gum, we call it impacted. This can lead to a variety of oral health problems because impacted teeth are difficult to clean.
If you come to our office, we will try to determine if there is any way to encourage the tooth to erupt. If this is not possible, the tooth will need to be extracted.
Sometimes, a tooth is so badly damaged that we’re unable to save it. This is especially concerning when the tooth is broken right up to the gumline. Along with increasing the risk of infection, broken teeth can also make it more difficult to eat or speak.
A broken tooth could even cut your tongue!
Once you reach the age of 35, you’re more likely to lose teeth due to gum disease than you are due to cavities. If you’ve reached the point where a tooth is soon going to fall out, it’s safer to get it extracted.
Wisdom teeth are typically the last ones to come in. Located at the back of your mouth, they’re the teeth that are most likely to cause trouble in adult mouths. Sometimes they come in impacted, and they can also push on your other teeth, causing issues throughout your mouth.
While it is ideal to keep as much of your natural tooth material as possible, dental extractions are extremely common. If you’re nervous, it can be useful to talk to your dentist. You may also want to consider sedation.
Once one or more teeth have been removed, they need to be replaced. Gaps in your mouth can lead to a variety of problems, including:
Dental implants are a popular form of tooth replacement. They look just like natural teeth, while also helping you maintain your bite strength. That said, they are just one of many forms of tooth replacement that you can get.
Your dentist will sit down with you to discuss your options. Our goal is to find a treatment that works within your budget while also leading to desirable oral health outcomes.
The best way to prevent tooth loss is to maintain good oral health habits. This means brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day, as well as making regular dental visits.
The number of dental visits you need to make per year will vary depending on the current state of your oral health. We recommend going to the dentist twice per year if your teeth are in good health. If you have gum disease, more frequent visits may be necessary.
The earlier we catch any oral health issues, the easier they are to resolve.
While brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist are the three core habits you need to cultivate to protect your health, there are also some additional activities that can protect your teeth even further.
For instance, some patients benefit from oral irrigators, which make it easier to thoroughly rinse your mouth. Younger patients also often benefit from sealants, which protect against cavities.
You’ve come to the right place. At Texas Oral Surgery Group, we’re committed to ensuring our patients get the excellent, ethical, state-of-the-art dentistry they deserve. We’ve been treating patients for a long time, so you can rest easy knowing you’re in good hands.
Have any questions about what we can do for you? Looking to speak with us about scheduling an appointment at one of our four offices? Please don’t hesitate to contact us today. We’re excited to speak with you!