Disease and trauma may severely affect your tooth enough that it cannot be repaired with a crown or tooth bonding. This is when an extraction will take place.
Dental extractions are tooth removals due to various causes such as
- tooth disease
- gum disease
- dental trauma
- tooth crowding
When it comes to tooth crowding, the extraction procedure is more often necessary due to the existence of wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth, or your third molars, get their name because they come with age. Typically the ages of 17-21. They can help you chew and can stay in tact in your mouth if your mouth is wide enough to accommodate them. But many people have to get one or more of these removed to avoid overcrowding. This can cause some damage to surrounding teeth, roots and gums, as well as repositioning in your teeth that can make them more prone to cavity-causing bacteria being trapped in them. It can also make flossing difficult and therefore the buildup of plaque and tartar is more likely.
Not everyone gets wisdom teeth. This does not mean that there is something wrong… or right depending on how you look at it! Theories range from genetics and environment factors that cause them to erupt in some mouths and not in others.
At Rock Family Dental, our dentists will examine your wisdom teeth and the effects they may have or will have on your oral health. If there is pain, any cysts or damage to surrounding teeth, infection, tooth decay or gum disease due to the existence of these third molars, we will likely recommend wisdom teeth removal. You may also need them removed if you are going to start orthodontic treatment. Your orthodontist will make this recommendation if needed.