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Tooth extraction isn’t something to take lightly, however sometimes it is the best option to preserve and boost your oral health. It is vitally important that a qualified dental professional make the determination about removing a tooth and perform the extraction itself in order to avoid potential complications. For more information about tooth removal and whether you are a good candidate, please visit our office at Henricksen Family Dental. We’re happy to work with you to reclaim and maintain your oral health.
Why are teeth removed?
In general, dental professionals will do everything they can to preserve your natural tooth. Your teeth are partially responsible for maintaining your jawline and face shape and they are important to a high quality of life. Losing teeth can cause complications as time wears on, in other words, and keeping them in place is usually the best choice.
There are exceptions to this rule, of course. Overcrowding is a potentially painful issue where your jaw is simply too small to comfortably house your teeth. As a result, some of them might overlap. When this happens, your teeth not only protrude outward but are also misaligned, something that impacts your bite and overall oral health. To better align your teeth, dental professionals must extract teeth to give them enough space. This is one of the only situations where a relatively healthy tooth will be extracted. The procedure also comes handy to rectify an overbite or a crossbite with the help of braces.
Another reason teeth are pulled is infection. Sometimes a tooth is simply too far gone to save and the only option is to extract it before the infection spreads. Impaction is another common reason teeth are extracted, with the most well-known impaction being the “wisdom teeth”. Not all wisdom teeth are impacted, but they can be quite painful when they are.
Some of the reasons a tooth might be extracted are described above, but what benefit do you gain from having it removed? One lesser-discussed result of pulling a tooth is a boost in confidence. When your teeth hurt or look out of place, your confidence is likely to fall. When the tooth (or teeth) is extracted, you feel better and might be happier with your smile. This leads to increased confidence, something that can enhance your life in many different ways.
When you suffer from overlapping or infected teeth, it becomes difficult to maintain good oral hygiene. When one tooth is over the other, you can’t get in between the overlapping teeth to clean them. This results in teeth that are not well maintained and are more prone to decay and infection. When you extract the overcrowding teeth and rectify your alignment, it becomes easier to maintain better oral hygiene.
Understanding why teeth are extracted is a good start, but in order to know if extraction is the best choice for you, it’s important to reach out to dental professionals. Feel free to give us a call at (360) 740-2119 or visit our office at Henricksen Family Dental.