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Tooth Extractions


Illustration of a tooth being extractedNo one wants to have their teeth extracted. However, sometimes, it is necessary. Tooth extractions are generally only recommended as a last resort when there are no other options left for saving a tooth. If you need a tooth extraction, Downey Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery can help.

You Have Suffered Severe Tooth Damage


One of the most common reasons for extracting a tooth is because it is damaged beyond repair. In many cases, tooth damage can be treated with a crown. However, if a tooth is too damaged, a crown may not be able to provide it with the protection that it needs to return to normal functionality. This can leave the tooth vulnerable to infections and other issues. Instead, the best solution is just to remove the tooth and replace it.

Your Teeth are Significantly Decayed


Tooth decay is generally treated with an amalgam or composite filling. In certain situations, an inlay or onlay may be recommended. For teeth affected by larger amounts of decay, however, a filling, inlay, or onlay might not be enough. If the damage is too severe, a crown may also not be possible. This is because the tooth is so decayed that you do not have sufficient healthy structure left to support the crown. For these teeth, extractions become necessary. You can then have your decayed tooth replaced.

You Have Developed Advanced Gum Disease


In advanced stages of gum disease, your jawbone is affected. The bacteria that started with your gums are attacking the bone and causing it to weaken. When this happens, the teeth become loose. Depending upon the extent of the bone loss, it may be possible to save the teeth with a bone graft. If the supporting bone is too weak, the teeth cannot be saved. In such cases, extractions are then recommended.

You Need Orthodontic Treatment


In some instances, extractions may be necessary even though your teeth are not damaged or decayed at all. One such case is when you are dealing with overcrowding. Overcrowding means that there is not enough space in your mouth to accommodate all of your teeth. This causes your teeth to look like they are crammed uncomfortably into your mouth. If there is not enough space in your jaw, orthodontic treatment will not be successful. This is because there is nowhere else for your teeth to go. In such cases, one or more teeth are extracted so that orthodontic treatment can be successful. The teeth most frequently extracted for orthodontic purposes are the first bicuspids.

You Have Impacted Wisdom Teeth


The wisdom teeth are some of the most frequently extracted teeth. This is because they become impacted and cannot come into the mouth properly. They can cause all kinds of problems, including infections, cysts, overcrowding, and damage to other teeth. If your wisdom teeth are impacted, extractions are often recommended to protect your oral health and prevent more serious dental issues from developing later down the line. These teeth, unlike many other extracted teeth, will not require replacement.

For more information about tooth extractions, and to find out if you need one, contact Downey Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at 562-459-3311 today.

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