At Family Roots Dentistry, we strongly believe that nothing is as good as your natural tooth. That is why we do our best to be as conservative and minimally invasive as possible in order to promote and maintain the body’s natural teeth, tissue, and bone. However, there are certain situations when a tooth cannot be saved or restored in a predictable, long-term way, and it is in our patient’s best interest to consider the removal of a tooth or teeth (also known as an “extraction”).
WHAT ARE REASONS WHY A TOOTH CANNOT BE SAVED AND AN EXTRACTION WOULD BE RECOMMENDED?
Just like no two people have the same set of fingerprints, no two people have the same set of teeth. Whether or not a wisdom tooth needs to be extracted depends on a variety a factors unique to each patient.
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt, and they typically emerge during the late teenage or early twenty years. It is common for wisdom teeth to become partially or fully impacted, where they remain underneath the gums and bone, because there is not enough room in the patient’s mouth for them by the time they are ready to erupt.
Reasons why we would recommend the extraction of a wisdom teeth include:
Infection, including the formation of cysts
Poorly positioned, which can eventually damage the healthy teeth next to them
Develop cavities, often because they are hard to keep clean because of their positioning
Create disease of the supporting gums and bone
In the absence of these reasons, we would not recommend wisdom teeth to be removed. If we do recommend that a wisdom tooth be extracted, this procedure is best completed during the late teenage or early twenty years when the tooth is not fully developed. This is because the removal and healing process during these years are much easier and faster for the patient.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO REPLACE MISSING TEETH?
At Family Roots Dentistry, we like to think of teeth like books on a bookshelf. If you remove a book and do not replace it, the other books will tip and shift around. Similarly, when a tooth is removed and not replaced, the remaining teeth can tip and shift around. When teeth shift out of their normal position, this puts you at an increased risk for gum disease and bone loss as well as cavities. Teeth shifting can also cause an imbalance with your jaw joints, leading to discomfort as well as premature ‘wear and tear’ on your remaining teeth (including chipping or breaking teeth).
We offer a variety of replacement options to replace one or more missing teeth: