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No one looks forward to having a tooth pulled, but it's always been a common practice in dental offices around the world. Fortunately, tooth extractions are far less common than they used to be, thanks to advancements in dental procedures and a better understanding of how the teeth function. However, there are still instances where extraction is necessary, and Dr. Andrew Yoon of Cape Vista Dental in Orange City, Florida, is an expert in the procedure. Read below to learn if you have a condition that may require this treatment.
A car accident or a sports injury can cause tooth loss, but sometimes the tooth will shift out of place yet remain attached to the jaw. In some cases, your Orange City dentist can repair this displacement and avoid an extraction, however, if too much time passes or the nerves and blood supply have been irreparably severed, the tooth may need to be extracted. Fortunately, you have many options for replacing a missing tooth at Cape Vista Dental!
If you're chewing or biting into something and feel a breaking or cracking sensation in one of your teeth, it's definitely time to see your Orange City dentist. Although minor damage can be repaired with a crown, sometimes the tooth will sustain damage into the root, which can be quite painful and requires extraction. This is often the case when a tooth with a prior restoration, such as a root canal or filling, is affected.
One of the most common reasons extractions are performed in modern dental offices is to accommodate the movement of teeth while wearing braces. Removing teeth that impede the straightening process is a relatively common occurrence for adolescent patients.
Concerned? Give Us a Call!
As with all of the treatments and procedures we offer at Cape Vista Dental, your safety and comfort are priority number one when it comes to extractions. Contact our office in Orange City, Florida, by calling (386) 774-0125 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Yoon today!
A baby’s teeth begin coming in just a few months after birth—first one or two in the front, and then gradually the rest of them over the next couple of years. We often refer to these primary teeth as deciduous—just like trees of the same description that shed their leaves, a child’s primary teeth will all be gone by around puberty.
It’s easy to think of them as “minor league,” while permanent teeth are the real superstars. But although they don’t last long, primary teeth play a big role in a person’s dental health well into their adult years.
Primary teeth serve two needs for a child: enabling them to eat, speak and smile in the present; but more importantly, helping to guide the developing permanent teeth to erupt properly in the future. Without them, permanent teeth can come in misaligned, affecting dental function and appearance and increasing future treatment costs.
That’s why we consider protecting primary teeth from decay a necessity for the sake of future dental health. Decay poses a real threat for children, especially an aggressive form known as early childhood caries (ECC). ECC can quickly decimate primary teeth because of their thinner enamel.
There are ways you can help reduce the chances of ECC in your child’s teeth. Don’t allow them to drink throughout the day or to go to sleep at night with a bottle or “Sippy” cup filled with milk, formula, or even juice. These liquids can contain sugars and acids that erode enamel and accelerate decay. You should also avoid sharing eating utensils with a baby or even kissing them on the mouth to avoid the transfer of disease-causing bacteria.
And even before teeth appear, start cleaning their gums with a clean, wet cloth right after feeding. After teeth appear, begin brushing and flossing to reduce plaque, the main trigger for tooth decay. And you should also begin regular dental visits no later than their first birthday. Besides teeth cleanings and checkups for decay, your dentist has a number of measures like sealants or topical fluoride to protect at-risk teeth from disease.
Helping primary teeth survive to their full lifespan is an important goal in pediatric dentistry. It’s the best strategy for having healthy permanent teeth and a bright dental health future.
If you would like more information on tooth decay in children, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Do Babies Get Tooth Decay?”
There’s only one way to effectively halt the progressive damage of periodontal (gum) disease — completely remove the bacterial plaque and hardened deposits (calculus) from above and below the gum line that are causing the infection. Although we can accomplish this in most cases with hand instruments called scalers, ultra-sonic equipment or both, some cases may require periodontal surgery to access and clean deeper “pockets” of infection.
As this damaging disease progresses, the supporting bone dissolves and the gum tissues will begin to detach from a tooth, leaving an open space known as a “periodontal pocket.” Besides plaque and calculus pus may also form as a result of the infection. All of this material must be removed from the pocket before healing and, hopefully, tissue reattachment can begin.
Shallow pockets near the gum line are usually accessed and cleaned with hand instruments. But deeper pockets (5 millimeters or greater in depth) may require a surgical procedure to completely clean the area also allowing for regenerative procedures to be done to regain attachment. This will reduce the depth of the periodontal pockets that will make them more accessible for future cleanings and maintenance. Flap surgery is a common type of such a procedure: a small opening (similar to the flap of a letter envelope) is surgically created in the gum tissue to expose the area of infection around the tooth root and bone.
There are also other types of periodontal surgery for repairing and stimulating regeneration of damaged gum tissues. Using grafts or other enhancements, these plastic surgical techniques are especially useful where gum tissues have receded above the natural gum line, leaving more of the underlying tooth below the enamel exposed to disease. These procedures have become more effective in recent years with the development of specialized technologies called “barrier membranes” and biologic growth factors. These materials have allowed bone grafts to be more successful as this technology is engineered for targeted tissue growth and repair, and then dissolve at an appropriate point in the regeneration process.
Periodontal surgery isn’t appropriate for every situation. Still, these procedures do play an important role for many patients to put a halt to the damage caused by gum disease.
If you would like more information on surgical procedures for gum disease, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Periodontal Surgery: Where Art Meets Science.”
Although tooth decay is a major problem to watch for in your child’s teeth, it isn’t the only one. As their teeth transition from primary (“baby”) to permanent, you should also be on the lookout for a developing poor bite or malocclusion.
Although the signs can be subtle, you may be able to detect an emerging malocclusion, starting usually around age 6, if you know what to look for. Here are 4 signs your child may be developing a poor bite.
Excessive spacing. This is something that might be noticeable while the child still has their primary teeth. If you notice an excessive amount of space around the front teeth, the sizes of the jaws and the teeth may be disproportional.
Abnormal overlapping. The upper teeth normally just cover the bottom teeth when the jaws are closed. But a malocclusion may be forming if the lower teeth cover the upper (underbite), the upper teeth extend too far over the lower (deep bite) or there’s space between the upper and lower front teeth (open bite).
Different overlapping patterns. Watch as well for some of the teeth overlapping normally while others don’t, a sign of a cross bite. For example, the back upper teeth may cover their counterparts in a normal fashion while the lower front teeth abnormally overlap the top front. The roles here between front and back teeth can also be reversed.
Abnormal eruptions. Permanent teeth normally follow a pattern when erupting, but certain factors could disrupt the process. For example, a jaw that’s developed too small can cause crowding as incoming teeth vie for space; as a result, some permanent teeth may erupt out of their proper position. Likewise, if a baby tooth is out of its normal position or prematurely lost, the permanent tooth may erupt out of position too.
The good news with each of these developing bite problems is that we can correct them or at least minimize their future effect if caught early. So if you notice any of these signs or anything else out of the ordinary, see an orthodontist as soon as possible. It’s also a good idea to have your child undergo a thorough orthodontic evaluation around age 6.
If you would like more information on bite problems in children, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Problems to watch for in Children Ages 6 to 8.”
You already know how important daily brushing and flossing are for maintaining better oral health. Professional dental cleanings play an important role in keeping your teeth and gums as healthy as possible. Make professional cleanings part of your routine by visiting the dentist once every six months. At Cape Vista Dental, Dr. Andrew Yoon is your dentist in Orange City, FL, for regular dental checkups and professional cleanings.
Improved Oral Health
Getting regular professional dental cleanings for your teeth and gums is a form of preventive care. By maintaining a clean mouth through good oral hygiene at home and regular cleanings at the dentist’s office, it is possible to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems. However, if any oral health problems begin to develop, they can be caught early when you are visiting the dentist regularly for professional cleanings. Early diagnosis of oral health problems makes it possible to treat issues promptly before they progress.
Improved Overall Health
Regular professional dental cleanings not only improve oral health, but they can also improve your overall health. One way professional cleanings can improve overall health is by stopping the spread of infection. It is possible for tooth or gum infections to spread to other areas of the body, which can lead to various health problems. Maintaining a clean mouth can contribute to better overall health.
Make professional cleanings part of your dental hygiene routine for optimal oral health. To schedule a professional dental cleaning with Dr. Yoon, your Orange City, FL, dentist, call Cape Vista Dental at (386) 774-0125.