When Is an Extraction the Best Option?
Dental extractions usually tend to be the last resort, reserved for when a tooth is damaged or decayed beyond repair, or causing crowding and alignment problems with the rest of the teeth. Although there are always exceptions, wisdom teeth are usually extracted, especially if they are impacted and causing crowding or putting pressure on the surrounding teeth and tissue in the jaw. In addition to being quite painful as they erupt, wisdom teeth can cause problems below the gums, making extractions necessary to prevent further damage.
Tooth Decay Treatment in Mount Airy
The dentists at Mount Airy, NC-based Blue Ridge Dental perform extractions for children and adult patients under several circumstances. Most children lose their baby teeth in a natural progression according to their individual development. In some cases, if a baby tooth does not fall out in time, it can prevent the permanent tooth from fully erupting, making an extraction necessary. In some cases, extracting the baby tooth may be able to prevent the need for orthodontics later on.
When braces are necessary, some teeth may need to be removed in order to make room in the jaw for the teeth to properly shift and align into place.
In many cases of trauma or decay, there are a few tooth saving options available. The most common is a root canal to clear bacteria from the area that contains the nerves inside of the tooth known as the pulp, or a cap or crown to fix a crack or break in the tooth. But if the damage is too extensive, or if the tooth has suffered irreversible trauma, the dentist will recommend an extraction.
Dental Extractions and Oral Surgery in Mount Airy
For more information on the treatment options for tooth decay, trauma, and other oral health care problems, contact Blue Ridge Dental by calling 336-789-5306 to schedule an appointment with a dentist today.