You’re Not Alone in Tooth Extraction
If you’ve been told you need a tooth extracted, don’t worry—you’re not alone. Around 74% of all adults have had at least one tooth extracted in their lifetime. Rest assured, Dr. John Cherry will do everything he can to save all your natural teeth and only uses tooth extraction as a last resort. If a problem tooth is not extracted, however, it could cause complications in the future, such as wisdom teeth growing in impacted or a diseased tooth spreading infection.
Reasons You May Need Teeth Extracted
Baby TeethA baby tooth may be in an incorrect position or be blocking a permanent tooth from erupting normally. In either condition, extracting the tooth may help prevent further complications in the future.
Wisdom TeethMany times, wisdom teeth are impacted, meaning they grow in at an angle, and may damage or shift surrounding teeth and nerves. To prevent this from happening, extraction prior to eruption saves the surrounding area.
TraumaIn the unfortunate case of an accident, a damaged tooth might be past saving and need to be extracted. A dental implant is usually recommended as a natural-looking replacement.
DiseaseIf periodontal disease has gone on too long and caused significant damage to the tooth root and gum structure, then extraction and replacement with a dental implant may be the only way to save the surrounding teeth and bone.
OrthodonticsIn a condition called crowding, teeth are too close together and there is not enough space to align them properly, even with braces. Once the out-of-place teeth are removed, the remaining teeth are able to be aligned properly.
Preserve Your Jawbone After Tooth Extraction to Prepare for Implants
While tooth extractions are a routine procedure, Dr. Cherry only extracts teeth when necessary. After a tooth is extracted, it leaves behind a small socket that must be protected from infection and bone loss by using a technique called socket preservation. By packing the empty hole with a bone graft, the socket and jawbone will be preserved for future treatments. This is important for your oral health and to prepare you for dental implants, as implants require adequate bone in the jaw to be successful.