WISDOM TEETH AND OTHER COMMON REASONS TO GET A TOOTH EXTRACTION
About half a year after your birth, the first of your 20 baby (primary) teeth begin to come in. By about your twelfth birthday, your primary teeth have come out to give you space for your 32 adult (permanent) teeth. Sooner or later, most people in Wake Forest, NC will get a dental extraction. There's lots of reason you might need to get a tooth or teeth extracted. Most often, people get their wisdom teeth extracted; however, there's lots of different reasons why your Wake Forest, NC dentist might recommend a dental extraction. At DentalWorks - Wake Forest, we do surgical and simple extractions to improve spacing, if a tooth has been broken beyond repair, following an injury, plus other reasons. Our experienced staff offers varying degrees of sedation according to your procedure so that you feel relaxed and comfortable throughout your extraction. Below we discuss some of the most common reasons a tooth extraction may be needed:
The simple extraction technique is used after a tooth is visible above the gums and has to be taken out. After applying local anesthetic to the gum tissue surrounding the tooth, a dentist will use special tools to loosen then remove the tooth. A few of the reasons a simple extraction may be performed include:
When you don't have sufficient room for each of your teeth to fit properly, an extraction may be recommended. Your teeth may be crowded if they're too big, you lost your baby teeth too late, or when one tooth or several teeth come in crooked. Crowding may lead to tooth decay, gum disease, discomfort, and trouble chewing or talking. A tooth extraction will make space for the rest of your teeth, allowing them to develop correctly.
A dental trauma may be caused by a sports injury, a car accident, or an everyday mishap. While a dentist may attempt to fix your tooth using a crown or a different process, sometimes, the tooth will have to be extracted. When a tooth has been removed following an injury, you can fill the gap using an implanted crown or dental bridge. At DentalWorks - Wake Forest, we offer custom restorations that look just like your natural teeth.
- UNTREATED DECAY
Tooth decay is among the top causes for an extraction. In the first stages, decay turns into a cavity, which may be repaired with a filling. Without treatment, a cavity will expand to the entire tooth till it requires a root canal or a simple extraction to prevent the infection from reaching nearby teeth along with your gums. Some people don't get a cavity fixed due to anxieties and fears. At DentalWorks - Wake Forest, we utilize innovative techniques and state-of-the-art equipment together with sedation options to help patients remain comfortable and relaxed through regular appointments as well as during treatments, such as fillings and extractions.
- PRIMARY TEETH
From the ages of 6 – 12 years old, primary teeth ought to come out to make space for the developing adult teeth. In some kids, the baby teeth might require some assistance falling out. During your child's yearly dental examination, your dentist will look at their x-rays and ascertain if an extraction is needed to get rid of any baby teeth. If the primary teeth haven't come out before the new teeth are prepared to erupt out of the gums, the adult teeth will come in crooked. An extraction may help avoid extensive orthodontic treatment later.
A surgical extraction technique is performed if a tooth that hasn't erupted above the gums has to be removed. Once a sedation method is administered (typically nitrous oxide and/or oral-conscious medication), the dentist will place an incision through the gums so they can get to and take out the tooth. A surgical extraction is most frequently needed to remove the wisdom or impacted teeth.
- WISDOM TEETH
The third molars (commonly known as the wisdom teeth) are the last of the adult teeth to develop. Most people don't have space in their mouth to fit these four molars, therefore they have to be removed before they erupt. Ideally, the extraction of the third molars is done in the teenage years or twenties as soon as the teeth are completely developed. Should you wait to get your third molars extracted, you might experience pain and need to get a more invasive surgery to get them extracted.
- IMPACTED TEETH
Occasionally a tooth will become impacted (stuck) and is not able to erupt from the gums. That is why it's crucial to take your family to the dentist to get yearly oral health examinations. Your dentist will be able to identify impacted teeth on x-rays and perform an extraction before there is discomfort or a bigger problem.
NEXT STEPS IF YOU NEED A DENTAL EXTRACTION
When you believe that you need a tooth extracted or if you have any questions, reach out to our practice in Wake Forest, NC to schedule a consultation. Our staff at DentalWorks - Wake Forest is skilled in both surgical and simple extractions for people of all ages. We provide various degrees of sedation to keep you calm and comfortable during the procedure. If you want to replace a permanent tooth following your extraction, we provide restorations, such as implanted crowns and dental bridges. DentalWorks - Wake Forest uses high-quality materials and colors the restoration to blend with your teeth so that your smile looks beautiful.