When Is a Tooth Extraction Needed?

Ann Arbor Dentist

Most often our dentist in Ann Arbor, MI will recommend treatments that will save teeth. However, when a tooth is so damaged that it cannot be saved, a dental extraction is the best choice.

Tooth extraction might be the best solution for:

  • Dental trauma
  • Severe tooth decay
  • Advanced gum disease
  • Impacted wisdom tooth
  • Overcrowded baby teeth

Dental Trauma

If you’ve been in a car accident or have recently suffered a massive impact to your mouth then you may need to have a tooth extracted. If a tooth is too severely damaged to be restored with a dental crown or other means, then it will need to be removed before it gets infected and worsens.

Severe Tooth Decay

A severely decayed tooth may need to be extracted for a similar reason to a traumatized tooth. The biggest difference is tooth decay happens over an extended period of time instead of all at once. This is usually due to poor diet and a lack of oral hygiene.

Over time, the tooth erodes to such a degree that it cannot be saved. One of the biggest risks with severely decayed teeth is your tooth roots are more vulnerable to infection.

Advanced Gum Disease

As gum disease progresses, the bacteria start to damage the bone causing the tooth to loosen. The advantage to extracting teeth due to advanced gum disease is you cut short the damage the bacteria can do to your overall oral health.

Impacted Wisdom Tooth

It’s common for people to get their wisdom teeth removed. Early humans needed wisdom teeth to chew tough foods. However, modern humans have a much softer diet and our jaws have shrunk over time, but the wisdom teeth stayed which causes crowding issues for a lot of people.

Overcrowded Baby Teeth

This one may come as a surprise. Why would you pull out baby teeth if they’re just going to fall out on their own? Here’s why: allowing misaligned or crowded baby teeth can have a tremendous effect on how the adult teeth come in.

With the exception of wisdom teeth, this is what separates the removal of overcrowded baby teeth from removing teeth from severe decay, gum disease, and dental trauma. There’s a natural recovery in the case of baby teeth, the adult teeth coming in, that doesn’t happen in the first three cases.

Tooth Extraction Procedure

Teeth may need a simple or surgical extraction. A simple extraction is when a tooth can be pulled out without relieving any tissue. An impacted tooth may involve relieving tissue prior to the removal.

Before starting the procedure, we may offer laughing gas to help you relax and we will numb the area with anesthetic to keep you comfortable. During the procedure, you will feel pressure when the tooth is removed, but you shouldn’t feel pain. If you do, we will stop and give you more anesthetic. After the procedure, most people feel fine and are back to their normal routine the next day.

Schedule an Appointment

To learn more about our Ann Arbor dentists and the services we offer, please contact us here or call us at (734) 201-1610. Our dental professionals strive to be the very best at providing patients with optimal care while making them feel right at home here in Ann Arbor, MI.

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