A tooth extraction is a common procedure in dentistry that involves removing one or more teeth from the mouth. Although many people are afraid to undergo this procedure, there can be several factors why a person may need it. Here are four cases that require tooth extraction.
🦷 Wisdom teeth
Wisdom teeth are the teeth in the dental arch that usually grow in the back of the mouth and are the last to emerge. If wisdom teeth do not grow in properly or are misplaced, they can cause problems such as infections, abscesses, or damage to neighbouring teeth. In these cases, tooth extraction may be necessary to prevent future problems.
🦷 Dental overcrowding
If a person has too many teeth in their mouth, there can be problems with dental overcrowding. This can lead to misaligned teeth, jaw problems, and chewing problems. In these cases, following an extraction, orthodontic care can be a solution in order to preserve all the teeth useful for chewing.
🦷 Broken or damaged teeth
If a tooth is badly broken or damaged, it may need to be extracted rather than repaired. This may be the case if the tooth is broken at the root or there are numerous cavities or damage that cannot be repaired.
🦷 Preparation for a prosthesis
If a person needs a dental prosthesis, such as a bridge or denture, some teeth may need to be removed to prepare the mouth for the prosthesis. In these cases, tooth extraction may be recommended to allow the prosthesis to fit properly and function effectively.
If you have questions about a tooth extraction or think you might need one, it’s important to discuss your options with your dentist.
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