Tooth Extraction Seattle, WA
Sometimes a tooth cannot be saved using restorative measures. In these situations, we recommend removal of the tooth to avoid pain and infection. Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth that is damaged beyond repair, or positioned poorly, from its socket in the jawbone. We do not take this procedure lightly. At Crown Hill Dental Care we always want to try to save the tooth first, assuming the long-term prognosis is good.
Common reasons for tooth extractions
|•||The tooth has decayed beyond repair, an infection may or may not be present
|•||Teeth that are impacted and causing damage to an adjacent tooth and periodontal issues
|•||Teeth that are cracked or fractured beyond repair
|•||Strategic tooth removal before orthodontic treatment, typically your 1st bicuspids, to alleviate crowding|
Wisdom tooth extraction is a common procedure and one that the majority of the population simply cannot avoid. Wisdom teeth are frequently problem teeth because most people do not have large enough jaws to allow them to fully erupt into the mouth. We often see them impacted or malpositioned as a result of inadequate space. This predisposes them to cavities and periodontal problems. We refer most of our patients to an oral surgeon for this procedure, especially if sedation is requested.
Behind wisdom teeth, canines are the most commonly impacted teeth in the mouth. Impaction is a term used to describe when a tooth runs into another tooth or structure in the mouth before erupting fully from the gum line. When impaction occurs, it puts you at high risk for infection and damage to teeth and structures in the mouth. Impacted canines sometimes can be saved with some orthodontic work, but other times must be extracted to save the other teeth in your mouth.
What do I do about the space after my extraction?
There are several options for replacing a missing tooth. Our dentists are happy to discuss your options with you, including implants, dental bridges, and partial dentures.
Dental implants are the most comprehensive tooth replacement option on the market today because it replaces the lost tooth from root to crown. Dentures and partial dentures do a decent job of replacing extracted teeth but are not nearly as versatile as dental implants because they lack many of the health benefits that implants provide. When you replace an extracted tooth with a dental implant the bone in your jaw benefits greatly from the effects of osseointegration, which is the regeneration of healthy bone tissue.
Dental bridges are another great way to replace several missing teeth in a row. Dental bridges can be supported by your natural teeth or dental implants. Bridges are made using strong, long-lasting materials to look and act just like your real teeth. They are a permanent tooth replacement option that restores your ability to eat and speak as you did before tooth extraction.
For more information on tooth extraction, contact our Seattle, WA dental office at: 204-206-9623