Tooth loss, whether from extraction or any other cause, is never ideal. However, it is sometimes necessary. Below are the main reasons a tooth extraction might be needed.
Dental Problems or Physical Trauma
In some cases, teeth or the tissues that hold them are damaged too severely for repair to be an option. When this is the case, the often severe pain is instantly eliminated by extraction, and patients can then consider tooth replacements.
Orthodontic Tooth Removal
Our Houston dentist may recommend removing certain teeth before braces. For example, this is sometimes the case when orthodontic patients have a narrow arch, which offers too little space for all of the teeth present. Performing extraction before treatment can allow orthodontics to work more effectively.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Many wisdom teeth are impacted when they emerge from the gums. Impacted wisdom teeth may be facing sideways, backwards, or forwards, and may not even be completely erupted. Removing impacted wisdom teeth can help prevent infections, tooth damage, and orthodontic problems later.
Finally, some patients, when faced with extensive dental treatments, simply choose to have the problematic teeth extracted instead. Patients can contact our tooth extraction dentist in Houston to schedule a consultation and discuss tooth removal further.