Tooth extraction becomes necessary for a number of different reasons. Your tooth may be infected or damaged, or you need your wisdom teeth to be taken out before they cause further problems. Children also may need baby teeth pulled if they do not come out on their own. How can you tell if you or your child needs a tooth extracted? Dr. Mohammed Izadi, a Baltimore orthodontist, explains.
Tooth Extraction is a Last Resort
In many cases, tooth extraction is a last resort. At Izadi Orthodontics, we take care to make sure we provide the most conservative treatment for your dental problems. We want to save as much of your natural tooth as possible. If conservative methods have failed or we don’t believe that they’re feasible, that’s when a tooth extraction is recommended.
Why Do I Need A Tooth Pulled?
There are many reasons a tooth may be removed. If you’re experiencing severe tooth decay or have a tooth that’s been extremely damaged from trauma, the tooth may need to be removed. Teeth are also taken out when your teeth are overcrowded and causing problems with your day-to-day life. Children may need teeth extracted when necessary for orthodontic treatment or the teeth have become overcrowded, preventing adult teeth from erupting properly.
Sometimes teeth are removed to help treat malocclusion. This is when your bite lines up abnormally. Malocclusion can be the cause of many oral health problems, particularly TMJ disorders. An even bite that meets where it’s supposed to help to even out the pressure on your teeth when they close together. This lessens the chance of broken or cracked teeth.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth typically erupt in the late teens or early twenties. It’s more likely than not to have your wisdom teeth removed. Very few people are able to keep their wisdom teeth throughout their lifetime without any issues. Wisdom teeth can cause pain, overcrowding in the teeth, and can be more likely to suffer from tooth decay as they’re harder to reach.
Wisdom teeth can also get impacted in your jaw. This means that it’s at an odd angle and is stuck mostly under the gums, causing problems with your other teeth. Wisdom teeth are usually all removed at the same time through a surgical procedure. You’ll be sedated and the wisdom teeth will be removed before they cause too many problems.
Baltimore, MD Orthodontic Treatment
Dr. Izadi takes care to find the most conservative treatment for his patients and will keep you informed every step of the way. Call our office at (410) 919-9806 or schedule your appointment online to start the process of enhancing your smile and oral health.