Tooth extractions are sometimes necessary to preserve oral health and improve quality of life. A dentist might recommend a tooth extraction for a number of reasons. If a tooth that cannot be repaired is threatening the health of neighboring structures and one’s oral function, its removal is beneficial and can save patients time and money.
Some common reasons teeth are removed include extensive decay, abscesses, or as a preventive measure in the case of third molars (wisdom teeth). Teeth that cannot be repaired with endodontic care are often removed to preserve adjacent oral tissue and one’s overall wellbeing.
What is a tooth extraction, exactly?
A tooth extraction is the surgical removal of the entire tooth, including its roots. Removing damaged teeth can stop the spread of systemic oral infections.
Why can’t I keep wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are no longer necessary. Before modern dentistry was accessible to most people, humans would lose their first and second molars early in life. At this time, wisdom teeth were helpful because they served as a replacement for lost molars. Today, however, we keep our biological teeth much longer than humans in the past did.
Keeping wisdom teeth presents serious problems to oral health and quality of life. Many times, wisdom teeth can’t erupt through the gums upright due to the presence of other teeth. Instead of erupting in healthy positions, wisdom teeth become impacted (stuck in the gums/bone). Teeth that are impacted become infected easily and contribute to the development of periodontal disease, TMJ disorder, malocclusions, and orofacial pain.
What about replacing lost teeth?
If you have an upcoming tooth extraction, know that you have options for your replacement teeth. Today’s prosthetic teeth are beautiful and effective at improving oral function. Popular tooth replacements include dental implants, bridges, and dentures.
Bridges and dentures replace visible tooth structure above the gums while dental implants address the loss of a tooth’s roots.
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