In addition to routine preventive dental visits and good hygiene at home every day, preserving your smile sometimes requires quick action to address a specific dental concern. For instance, if you develop a cavity, then you may need a filling as soon as possible to save your healthy tooth structure. If it’s cracked, then your tooth might need a crown immediately to stop the damage from growing worse. However, in some severe cases, the only way to preserve your smile is to extract a tooth before it can cause significant complications for the rest of your oral health.
Wisdom Tooth Impaction
One of the most frequent types of extracted teeth are wisdom teeth, also known as third molars. For many patients, these molars can cause a host of problems because they become impacted by the molars already at the ends of their dental ridges. When wisdom teeth become impacted, they push against your other teeth at odd angles, and extracting them is the only way to relive the intense discomfort and stop them from causing more damage to your other teeth.
Severe Tooth Misalignment
Most cases of tooth misalignment can be successfully addressed with little more than orthodontic treatment. However, in cases of severe misalignment, one or more teeth may be so extremely crooked that they have to be extracted for the rest of them to have room to shift properly.
Extreme Tooth Trauma/Infection
When a tooth cracks or breaks, or it becomes in infected with decay, there is only a limited timeframe to restore the tooth before it becomes too severely compromised to save. If the tooth is allowed to get that bad, then your dentist may have to extract and replace it to fully restore your smile and your bite’s function.
Find Out if Tooth Extraction Is a Good Idea
There are several reasons why tooth extraction might be a good idea, and your dentist might recommend it to successfully address your concerns. To schedule an appointment, call Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849. We proudly welcome patients and families from Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, Sealy, Columbus, and all surrounding communities.