A tooth extraction could just end up benefitting your smile. Find out why.
You might not realize it but sometimes getting a tooth extraction is a good thing for your health. There are many reasons why Dr. Eric Jackson and Dr. Jeffrey Wascher of Jackson Family Dentistry in Downers Grove, IL, might recommend having a permanent tooth removed. While the goal should always be to save a permanent tooth whenever possible, tooth extraction might be necessary under these scenarios.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
This is the most common reason older teens and adults have to have a tooth extraction. Wisdom teeth, the third and final set of molars to come in, often don’t fully erupt through the gums or grow in straight. When this happens the wisdom tooth is more likely to damage neighboring teeth or develop decay or an infection. Fortunately, you don’t need wisdom teeth to maintain a healthy smile.
Crowding is a common reason children and teens need to have a tooth removed, particularly before getting orthodontic treatment. While a tooth extraction won’t be required for all orthodontic situations, in cases where crowding is severe, removing one or more teeth can free up space to help braces more efficiently shift teeth into the proper position.
When it comes to damage caused by decay or trauma, the goal is to save the tooth whenever possible. In most cases, teeth can be restored with a dental filling or a crown; however, there are some situations in which the health and integrity of the tooth are compromised and nothing will be able to restore or repair the tooth. When this happens, the best approach is to remove the tooth and then choose the proper restoration to replace it.
These are just some of the reasons you might need to have a tooth removed. Gum disease, an infection, and even a compromised immune system can also be factors for whether you require a tooth extraction now or in the future.
Dr. Eric Jackson and Dr. Jeffrey Wascher of Jackson Family Dentistry in Downers Grove, IL, offer dental extractions and more. If you are wondering whether it’s time to have a wisdom tooth extracted or if you just need to schedule your next dental cleaning, call 630-963-6750.