Considering tooth extraction in Sacramento? The dentists at Natomas Crossing Dental Care have years of experience in tooth extraction. While permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, an extraction may be recommended for several reasons. If you need a tooth extraction, or tooth removal, in Sacramento, contact us for a consultation. We’ll make sure you get the best treatment possible.
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Why might I need a tooth extraction?
There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth, including:
- If a baby tooth has misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out, the tooth must be removed to make room for the permanent tooth to erupt
- When a tooth has so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth and jaw at risk of decay, the tooth is removed and replaced with a bridge or implant
- Infection in a tooth or several teeth
- Orthodontic correction that may require removal of a tooth or several teeth to provide room for the improved teeth alignment
- Problems with wisdom teeth, such as impaction
What are the advantages to tooth extraction?
While tooth extraction may seem like a dramatic step, there are some benefits to it. For example, if you have more teeth than your jaw can comfortably fit, extracting one or more teeth can help align the remaining teeth. If your child has baby teeth that are obstructing permanent teeth from coming in, extracting the baby teeth can alleviate the need for orthodontia. Wisdom tooth extraction before their roots are fully formed can prevent impaction, which can damage surrounding teeth and gums.
What is the tooth removal procedure?
When it is determined that a tooth needs to be removed, your dentist may extract the tooth during a regular checkup or may request another visit for this procedure. The root of each tooth is encased within your jawbone in a tooth socket, and your tooth is held in that socket by a ligament. To extract a tooth, your dentist must expand the socket and separate the tooth from the ligament holding it in place. While this procedure is typically very quick, it is important to share with your doctor any concerns or preferences for sedation.
Once a tooth has been removed, neighboring teeth may shift, causing problems with chewing or with the functioning of your jaw joint. To avoid these complications, your dentist may recommend that you replace the extracted tooth. We discuss replacement options with you so can make an informed decision.
Whether you’re considering wisdom tooth removal in Sacramento, or have other questions about tooth extraction, contact our office.