Our teeth are intended to last a lifetime. However, in some situations, tooth extraction may become necessary to benefit our overall oral health. There can be numerous situations when a tooth extraction may be necessary, including infections, impacted wisdom teeth, and dental trauma, or to prepare for other treatments.
At Alencar Family Dentistry in Chesapeake, Virginia, Dr. Oliveira Filho will assess your condition, identify the problem, and then provide the best solution to resolve your dental concern.
When You May Need a Tooth Extraction
Tooth decay is one of the most common reasons for tooth extraction. Food debris can accumulate between the teeth due to improper oral hygiene. Harmful bacteria feed on the food debris and release acid that erodes the tooth enamel. As a result, the teeth weaken and lose their structure and function.
If the damage to a tooth is extensive and the tooth cannot be saved with restorative procedures, its extraction becomes unavoidable. The affected tooth is removed in a simple procedure performed under local anesthesia.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth erupt after all the permanent teeth have. Infections in the wisdom teeth are pretty standard as it is challenging to clean them efficiently. Food particles can quickly accumulate on the deep hollows of these teeth, leading to bacterial infections.
Wisdom teeth can also become impacted, namely stuck beneath the gums. In such instances, the tooth has to be extracted to prevent infection and decay. The surgical process includes cutting the gum and pulling out the impacted tooth.
Gum disease impacts the gums and bones that support the teeth. When the infection becomes severe, the gums can no longer not support the teeth and the teeth may fall out or have to be extracted.
Overcrowding is a condition when there is insufficient space in the mouth for all the teeth to fit properly. This condition can be rectified with orthodontic treatments such as braces but requires removing a few teeth. Once the teeth are extracted, there will be space available for the other teeth to move to correct the bite and fix the alignment of the teeth.
Accidents or sports-related injuries can damage your teeth. After determining the extent of the damage and if the tooth cannot be saved, an extraction will be performed to preserve your oral health.
To learn more about tooth extractions, contact Alencar Family Dentistry at (757) 546-0301 or visit us at 711 Greenbrier Pkwy Suite 101, Chesapeake, VA 23320.