When Tooth Extraction Is Required

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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.

Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need Extraction?

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Did you know that wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, can lead to serious problems with your smile? In order to avoid these complications, we can often gently and comfortably remove them using dental extraction. Why do wisdom teeth need extraction? Is this required for implant placement?

Try Our Wisdom Teeth Extraction Quiz

  1. True or False: Third molars arrive as we enter adulthood.

  2. True or False: They can lead to impaction.

  3. True or False: We may need to perform the procedure prior to implant placement.

  4. True or False: We can also remove damaged teeth.

Answer Key

  1. True. They typically erupt when a patient enters his/her late teens or early 20s.

  2. True. Our mouths can accommodate 28 teeth comfortably, but the wisdom teeth push that number to 32. As a result, the teeth may only partially erupt, leading to impaction. When a tooth is impacted, this can lead to misalignment, infection, or damaged teeth, causing serious discomfort. When possible, we try to remove these teeth before they even arrive.

  3. True. In some cases, the presence of the third molars can impact our ability to place a dental implant to address tooth loss. We can remove them carefully and safely, allowing us to proceed with the implant placement.

  4. True. If a tooth becomes severely damaged, so much so that a crown couldn’t repair it, we may remove it. In addition, a serious infection that can no longer be treated with a root canal may be reason to remove a tooth. If you have any questions about the extraction process or about wisdom teeth, then please contact our office today.

DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT DENTAL EXTRACTION?

We can remove your third molars to protect the health and appearance of your smile. To schedule a consultation, call 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.

Can Dental Implants Replace Wisdom Teeth?

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Because wisdom teeth are the most extracted of all types of teeth, you may wonder if replacing them is a good option, and if dental implants can help. The bad news about wisdom teeth is that they often get impacted within the jawbone, unable to erupt properly and becoming an increasingly worse threat to your oral health. While dental implants are among the most comprehensive answers to tooth loss and extraction, wisdom teeth aren’t like the rest of your teeth. Extracting them is often necessary for the good of your smile, and therefore, wisdom teeth don’t have to be replaced.

Why Wisdom Teeth Are Extracted

When a tooth other than a wisdom tooth needs to be extracted, your dentist will take into account how the loss will affect your smile and oral health for the rest of your life. Consequently, part of the planning process is to determine your best option for tooth replacement, such as a dental implant. However, wisdom teeth are extracted because, due to limited space on your dental ridges, they’re often a liability that leads to tooth damage, misalignment, severe discomfort, and more. Once they’re extracted, your remaining teeth can rest easily and comfortably.

When Dental Implants Are Appropriate

Besides extracted wisdom teeth, the loss or extraction of any of your other teeth can have drastic consequences for the health, integrity, and balance of your smile. Therefore, replacing other extracted teeth is vital to your long-term oral health. In most cases, dental implants offer the most comprehensive benefits by replacing your lost teeth roots, thereby helping you better preserve your jawbone and oral structures.

Learn About Dental Implants, Wisdom Teeth, and More

With years of experience helping patients through the most complicated oral health concerns, we can help you learn all you need to know about wisdom teeth, tooth loss, dental implants and more! Schedule a consultation with Dr. Wright by calling Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, today at (469) 732-1987.

Answers to Questions About Wisdom Teeth

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Wisdom teeth, which usually begin to erupt around the age of 17, can be seen as a rite of passage into adulthood. But for many people, they’re the beginning of a host of dental troubles, especially when they become impacted by jawbone structure, gum tissues, and/or other molars. If you experience trouble with your wisdom teeth, then the need to extract them may be obvious. However, if they aren’t yet problematic, then you might question if wisdom tooth extraction is a good idea.  

What exactly are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are clinically known as third molars because they’re the third set of permanent molars that you develop. These days, we don’t necessarily need the additional chewing power, and our jawbones have grown smaller than our ancestors. Therefore, wisdom teeth frequently become impacted, with little room to grow properly or erupt completely from the jawbone and gum line.

How do I know if I should extract my wisdom teeth?

Not everyone experiences impacted wisdom teeth. Some may develop all of their third molars without any complications, and others may never develop third molars at all. If you do grow wisdom teeth and they become impacted, then the increasing discomfort and the feeling of pressure on your teeth may hint that you should have them extracted as soon as possible.

Do extracted wisdom teeth need to be replaced?

Unlike teeth that are extracted due to severe damage or tooth decay, wisdom teeth do not need to be replaced to restore your bite. Removing impacted wisdom teeth improves your bite and oral health, and will allow your dentist to restore any teeth that may have been damaged as a result of their presence.

Should You Extract Your Wisdom Teeth?

If your wisdom teeth have grown in but are not yet giving you trouble, then find out if extracting them can help you avoid future discomfort. To speak with your dentist, schedule a consultation by calling Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, today at (469) 732-1987.

Test Your Wisdom!

Everybody is familiar with wisdom teeth, or at least probably should be. They are the last four teeth that erupt at the very ends of our dental ridges at the back of our mouths. However, unless you have trouble with your wisdom teeth, maybe you are unaware of what and where they are. That could be a possibility. Today we are going to test your wisdom about wisdom teeth. Take our fun quiz below!

True Or False Quiz

True or False: Everybody gets wisdom teeth between the ages of 17 and 25.

True or False: Wisdom teeth can cause a variety of problems.

True or False: Wisdom teeth can be removed without needing to be replaced.

Answers:

False: Although it seems that everybody should get wisdom teeth between those ages, the fact is that some people don’t get wisdom teeth at all. For other people their four wisdom teeth may erupt without a problem.

True: Because our jaws have reduced in size due to evolution, the lack of space makes it difficult for wisdom teeth to erupt without a problem. In fact, wisdom teeth cause problems for so many people that dentists often suggest removing them before they erupt. Wisdom teeth can erupt crooked, which puts pressure on nearby teeth. They can only partially erupt, which can lead to discomfort and infection. Or they may become impacted, meaning they cannot erupt at all, which can be painful.

True: When wisdom teeth begin to cause problems, they will need to be extracted for the safety of your oral and overall health. Due to evolution and the modern diet we don’t really need our wisdom teeth. Therefore, they are the only teeth that can be extracted and not replaced.

Call Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, Today!

At Just Wright Dental Surgery Center, our priority is ensuring that every visit is a comfortable and friendly experience, and that all of our patients understand every stage of their diagnosis, planning, and treatment. With extensive experience in placing, restoring, and maintaining dental implants, Dr. Wright and our team can walk you through every stage of the dental implant process. We also specialize in helping patients with medical considerations that can affect their oral and overall health, such as cancer, chemotherapy and radiation treatment, and recovery from drug addiction. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Justin Wright and our team by calling our dental implant office in Waxahachie, TX, today at (903) 225-2221.

Why Wisdom Teeth Can Be A Pain

Did you know that wisdom teeth can affect implant placement? Wisdom teeth can present a number of different problems. That’s because over time the human jaw has become smaller. Due to our modern diet, we no longer need our wisdom teeth. Their purpose was to help us (way back in the caveman days) tear into big slabs of raw meat, and to chew roots, nuts, and other roughage. Today, because there is little room for them on our dental ridges, they can have a difficult time erupting and become impacted (unable to erupt).

When Wisdom Teeth Become Impacted

When wisdom teeth become impacted they can force themselves against neighboring molars, which can push your teeth out of alignment. If you are getting ready to undergo implant placement, it is extremely important that your teeth are in proper alignment so that the implant post has the proper space to be placed. Therefore, if you have impacted wisdom teeth, Dr. Wright may need to extract them before you can undergo dental implant placement.

Other Tooth Extractions

If any one of your teeth, whether it is an incisor, canine, or molar, has been extremely damaged or decayed, or has developed an infection that cannot be controlled, you may need an extraction to maintain the health of nearby teeth and your overall oral health. In such cases, Dr. Wright can replace your lost tooth with a stable, durable, and long-lasting dental implant.

Call Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, Today!

At Just Wright Dental Surgery Center, our priority is ensuring that every visit is a comfortable and friendly experience, and that all of our patients understand every stage of their diagnosis, planning, and treatment. With extensive experience in placing, restoring, and maintaining dental implants, Dr. Wright and our team can walk you through every stage of the dental implant process. We also specialize in helping patients with medical considerations that can affect their oral and overall health, such as cancer, chemotherapy and radiation treatment, and recovery from drug addiction. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Justin Wright and our team by calling our dental implant office in Waxahachie, TX, today at (903) 225-2221.