At Deluxe Dental, we try to save your teeth in most situations. However, there are times when it’s best to remove a tooth or teeth. The most common extractions are wisdom teeth, which most of us neither need nor have room for. Letting wisdom teeth come in can be bad for your overall oral health.
When Wisdom Teeth Removal Is Necessary
Wisdom teeth are also called your third molars. They come in during your late teens and early 20s. Unfortunately, most people don’t have room for them. If there isn’t room for them when they come in, wisdom teeth can cause:
- Damage to other teeth
- Crowding and crooked teeth
- Cysts and tumors
- Cleaning challenges
- Gum disease and cavities
Wisdom teeth often get impacted, which means they hit up against your other teeth and can’t emerge fully or partly. This can damage your other teeth. Impacted teeth can develop into cysts and tumors, which can also damage your teeth and jawbone.
Wisdom teeth can also push their way in, even if there’s not enough room for them. This can make your other teeth get crowded and crooked. Wisdom teeth can be hard to clean, especially if they’re only partly emerged, which means you’re more likely to get cavities and gum disease, which can cause these teeth to be lost anyway, potentially with other teeth, too.
So we often extract wisdom teeth before they become a problem, when they’re small and easier to remove.
Other Reasons to Extract Teeth
In general, we try to save your teeth, but there are some times when we might need to extract them. This can include:
- Teeth damaged by trauma
- Badly decayed or eroded teeth
- Infected teeth
- Teeth affected by gum disease
A tooth can be badly cracked or chipped but still be saved. However, if the tooth root is damaged, we can’t save it. Other times we might also think that the damage to the crown is too severe.
This can also be the case when a tooth is weakened by decay or acidic erosion Sometimes, teeth impacted by gum disease might need to be extracted as well as infected teeth. The goal is the same: remove the source of infection quickly so your oral health can recover.