The goal of most good dental care is to preserve your healthy, natural smile; unfortunately, there are times when retaining a tooth isn’t practical, or even possible. Tooth extraction may be necessary for a variety of reasons, and though the concept of losing a tooth may make you a bit anxious, the procedure may be necessary to save your smile. Today, we explain a few situations when tooth extraction is required, including the rare instances when replacing the tooth isn’t necessary.
Teeth That Can No Longer Function Properly
Human teeth are designed to withstand an incredible amount of impact. In fact, the structural integrity of tooth enamel has led researchers to evaluate its abilities as inspiration for the next wave of aircraft structural designs. Nevertheless, poor oral hygiene and bad habits, like grinding your teeth, can wear down your teeth’s defenses. If tooth decay, gum disease, bruxism, or other destructive issues aren’t treated promptly, your teeth can become severely weakened and unable to perform its duties. If diseased, extracting the tooth can help prevent the infection from spreading through the tooth’s root(s).
Wisdom Teeth That Have Become Impacted
Wisdom teeth are among the most frequently-extracted teeth, and unlike the rest of their brethren, your last four molars don’t need replacement for your mouth to function properly. On the contrary, wisdom teeth often cause complications because there is little room for them to grow on your dental ridges. Also known as third molars, they can bump against existing teeth while trying to erupt from your gums, and the obstruction can damage your present teeth as well as impede the wisdom tooth’s growth. The disruption of impacted wisdom teeth can throw your bite off balance and result in sometimes-debilitating discomfort, often making permanent extraction the best solution.
Find out if you need tooth extraction
In some cases, extracting a tooth may be the only way to preserve the health and integrity of your beautiful, natural smile. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, today at (469) 732-1987. We also proudly serve patients from Navarro County, TX, and the surrounding communities, including Corsicana, Mildred, Eureka, Ennis, Fairfield, Teague, Blooming Grove, Dawson, Hubbard, Hillsboro, Mexia, Groesbeck, Kerens, Malakoff, Rice, Centerville, Buffalo, and Athens.