What your dentist in Orange City wants you to know
Many people think teeth only need to be removed if they are damaged or decayed. The truth is there are times when healthy teeth need to be removed too. Dr. Andrew Yoon at Cape Vista Dental in Orange City, FL wants to share the reasons why you may need a tooth extracted.
If you have wisdom teeth, there is a good chance they need to be removed. There is often not enough space in your jaw for the teeth to erupt normally, so they come in sideways, or they don’t erupt at all, a condition called impaction. If they do erupt normally, they are often so far back that you can’t clean them, resulting in decay and compromising your other teeth. The ideal time to have wisdom teeth removed is if you are between 18 and 22 years old.
If you are considering orthodontic treatment, teeth may need to be extracted to make room for your teeth to move into proper alignment. Your jaws may be too small to accommodate your teeth, resulting in crowding and poor alignment.
There are many reasons why unhealthy teeth may need to be extracted. Tooth decay is often removed and replaced with a dental restoration in the form of a filling or a crown. If tooth decay has penetrated into the inner layer of your tooth, an area known as the pulp, you will need a root canal. If the decay is so severe, the tooth may need to be removed.
Tooth trauma and damage from an accident or injury can also result in tooth removal. If the tooth has broken so badly there is not much tooth structure left, the tooth may need to be extracted and replaced with a healthier alternative like an implant, bridge, or dental appliance.
If you think you might need a tooth extracted, don’t worry. Tooth removal is a common procedure performed with a high level of skill. You can also request sedation for your procedure, providing a relaxed, calming experience. For more information about tooth extractions and other dental services call Dr. Yoon at Cape Vista Dental in Orange City, FL today!