Removing a tooth may be the best way to protect your smile in some cases. Danville, VA, dentists Dr. Jessica Owens and Dr. Zachary Hairston of the Art of Dentistry explain why tooth extractions are the best option sometimes.
You don't have enough room for your wisdom teeth
The human jaw has gotten progressively smaller over the centuries. As a result, many people no longer have enough room for their third set of molars, known as wisdom teeth. Although it's certainly nice to have a third set of molars, they're not absolutely necessary. When the teeth become partially or fully impacted, extraction is recommended. Fully impacted teeth remain trapped beneath bone and gums, while part of a partially impacted tooth is visible above the gum line. Extracting wisdom teeth ends your pain and helps you avoid nerve damage, shifting teeth and other problems that can occur when the teeth push against your bones, gums, nerves and other teeth.
You have extensive tooth decay
Although fillings, inlays and onlays, and crowns can restore teeth damaged by decay, sometimes the decay is so extensive that the tooth can't be saved. After the tooth is removed in our Danville office, you can restore it with a bridge or dental implant.
Your orthodontist recommends extractions
Your orthodontist may ask us to remove a few teeth if you will be getting braces. If your mouth is small, removing a few teeth may make orthodontic treatment more successful. Once the extra teeth are extracted, it will be easier to realign your teeth and correct bite problems.
Your tooth is damaged
Teeth can be damaged due to falls and accidents. In some cases, damaged teeth can be saved with root canal therapy. Unfortunately, extraction may be the only option if the damage is severe.
You have a dental abscess
Dental abscesses occur when a bacterial infection develops in your pulp, the soft mass of tissue, blood vessels and nerves in the center of your tooth. Antibiotic treatment and root canal therapy are often effective in treating abscesses. Unfortunately, if the infection lingers, it may be necessary to extract the tooth to protect your health.
Whether you need a tooth extraction, a checkup or a filling, the dentists at Art of Dentistry can help you care for your smile. Call Drs. Jessica Owens and Zachary Hairston at (434) 792-0700 to schedule your appointment.