“Taking out a tooth could solve your problem.”

Most of the time, you want to keep all of your natural teeth for as long as you can. Losing teeth can have serious consequences on your oral health. At the same time, there are some important exceptions. There are times when a tooth extraction could actually be the thing to make your mouth healthier or, at least, to set the stage for your mouth to become healthier.

By coming to Edgewood Dental Care, you can have this treatment done without going to a specialist. Our team can do this for you painlessly, too.

Keep reading to learn about three times when you can win by getting rid of problematic teeth. Then call 859-474-7830 to find out how we could help.

Three Times To Take Teeth Out

When can you win by losing teeth? Here are some common situations when it’s a good idea:

  • You are preparing for orthodontic care.
    If you have too many teeth for your jaw to fit properly, removing a few teeth can allow you to complete your orthodontic treatment in less time and with fewer potential problems. For some people, it’s necessary to remove primary teeth that have not yet fallen out. This can prevent permanent teeth from erupting or cause them to erupt in the wrong place.
  • You have impacted teeth.
    Impacted teeth are not able to erupt completely. These also can cause the kind of crowding we mentioned above. Teeth can be fully impacted (which means they remain below the surface of the gumline), or they can be partially impacted (which means they break the surface but don’t come in all the way). This happens often with wisdom teeth, but impacted teeth can occur anywhere in someone’s mouth.

    If impacted teeth remain in your mouth, they put pressure on neighboring teeth and nerves. They also can create spaces for bacteria to grow, which increases your risk of cavities and gum disease.

  • You are preparing for teeth replacements.
    If you need extensive work to rebuild your smile, then taking out the few teeth you have left can help. Leaving a few teeth may actually get in the way of your best replacement option. In those situations when tooth removal can prepare your mouth for implants and dental restorations.

Stay Calm & Comfortable

You may feel some dental anxiety thinking about having teeth extracted. We can understand that. This is a type of oral surgery. It’s also why we have put options in place to keep our patients as comfortable as possible.

With our dental sedation, you can feel confident that you can remain pain-free during your procedures. Inhaled sedation (laughing gas) works quickly. Oral sedation is stronger, but its effects can last for a few hours. IV sedation acts fast but is also our strongest sedation option. We can help you decide which kind of dental sedation is right for you should you need a tooth taken out.

Get More With Less

A tooth extraction could create the conditions for your long-term oral health. To find out if this is a good option for you, talk to one of our doctors at Edgewood Dental Care. Call 859-474-7830 or contact us online.