Do You Need A Tooth Extraction?

If you have severe overcrowding, a tooth damaged beyond repair, or have wisdom teeth growing in, removal may improve your oral health. When patients hear this, they may worry about the procedure or have doubts if this is truly necessary. In today’s blog, your Prairie Village, KS, dentist is here to explain when this is beneficial.

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Severe Crowding Problems

When you are preparing to have orthodontic treatment done, your dentist may suggest removing some of your pearly whites. While this is not always necessary, it can lessen the amount of time you will need to wear braces. For patients who have overcrowding in one area, it can be difficult to align the teeth properly because they cannot be spaced properly. If your orthodontist recommends this, they will explain which teeth will be removed and how this will improve your treatment plan.

Having A Severely Damaged Tooth

If you have chipped, cracked, or broken a tooth, your dentist will take every step possible to salvage it. A crown can be used to cover the entire area and protect it from further damage. Decay can be treated with a filling or a root canal in more severe cases. However, if you are experiencing extreme discomfort and restorative procedures have not helped, removing it can relieve pain.

During your appointment, you will be numbed for your comfort. Then, the problem tooth will be gently removed. The area will be cleaned, and sutures may be placed. For a few days after your appointment, you should avoid smoking, drinking through a straw, and consuming anything too hot or cold. Once the area has healed, you can discuss prosthetic options with your dentist to fill the gap in your smile.

Removing Wisdom Teeth

Third molars may be the most common reason for extraction. These molars grow much later than the rest of your dentition. In some cases, they may not affect your smile at all. Unfortunately, though, sometimes they can cause problems. Because they grow later in life, they can affect your alignment. If you have had braces already, your third molars may push your other teeth out of placement as they attempt to grow in. Sometimes these can become impacted, which means they do not fully erupt. This can be problematic as it can cause discomfort and can be difficult to clean, which may lead to cavities, infection, and gum disease.

Wisdom teeth removal is slightly different than a normal extraction. You have four wisdom teeth, so the extraction may take longer, and your recovery will be longer as well.

Talk To Dr. Browne Today

If you have been told a removal will improve your oral health, do not put off this necessary procedure. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Browne and his team in Prairie Village, KS, today at 913-901-8585.