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You’ve probably heard the saying, “There’s nothing like your natural teeth.” While it’s true that you can keep your natural teeth for a lifetime, there are some circumstances where teeth cannot be saved and must come out. Tooth extractions range from simple, single front tooth extractions to more complicated molar or wisdom teeth extractions.
Most teeth that are extracted should be replaced, and sometimes you may find yourself in a situation where you have a choice between extraction and replacement or trying to save the tooth. With good oral health practices and regular dental exams you can keep dental problems to a minimum, and you may even be able to keep all your teeth for your entire life, but if problems do develop and a tooth is in danger, here are some things to consider.
Teeth can get damaged by accident, injury or as a matter of genetics. Gum disease can and almost definitely will happen if you don’t take good care of your teeth, but it can also happen because it runs in your family or is a side effect of illness or certain medications. Gum disease that is left untreated can eventually cause your teeth to separate from the gums and become loose. Tooth enamel can be damaged by acids in the foods you eat. Gum disease and tooth damage may lead to loose or decayed teeth, and without treatment, an extraction may be necessary.
If you are faced with losing a tooth, you should let your dentist help you decide if extraction or procedures to try to save the teeth are the best course of action. If the decision is made to take the tooth out, in nearly all cases you should consider having the tooth replaced. Wisdom teeth are generally not replaced, but most other teeth that are extracted should be replaced to maintain the integrity of your dentition (the arrangement and structure of all of your teeth) and to avoid problems with chewing or oral hygiene problems that can be caused by gaps.
Having a tooth extracted may involve a simple pulling of the tooth with only a local anesthetic, or it may require a more complex procedure that is done under moderate to deep sedation. The extraction of back teeth, including wisdom teeth, is generally more complicated because back teeth have complex root systems.
Though your own natural teeth are best, dentists like Dr. Kanumilli understand that extraction is sometimes the best thing to do for their patient’s oral health. If you have any concerns about tooth extraction, you can call Aldie Family & Cosmetic Dentistry to make a consultation appointment to come in and talk about extractions, replacements, and any other dental health matters you want to discuss.