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When tooth damage occurs, it’s important to seek treatment to prevent the damage from spreading or causing more serious oral health problems. In minor cases, dentists can often repair your teeth with a filling, root canal, or crown. However, in more severe cases, these procedures usually are not enough to reverse the damage. More serious instances of tooth damage most often require an extraction.
Oral surgeons are experts in the removal of teeth, and tooth extractions are some of the most commonly performed oral surgery procedures. At Park Cities Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates, Dr. Phillips or Dr. Ray will evaluate the level of damage and determine whether you require an extraction. If we must remove your teeth, we will discuss all of your options for tooth replacement, such as dental implants.
Causes for Tooth Extraction
Teeth are in constant contact with bacteria, and we use them constantly for daily tasks, which makes them extremely susceptible damage. Some of the most common reasons teeth require extraction include the following:
- Periodontal disease. We must remove teeth that experience a level of decay beyond repair to prevent infection from occurring or spreading. Patients who suffer from infection around their wisdom teeth and other molars commonly develop periodontal disease. The disease infects the gums and causes nearby teeth to decay or loosen. Extracting these teeth prevents further damage and helps maintain daily habits, such as eating and drinking.
- Dental crowding. Crowding and tooth misalignment are common among patients who lack enough space in the dental arch for teeth to erupt. Sometimes, your orthodontist can correct crowding with braces or other appliances. However, tooth extractions are often necessary to allow for proper growth.
- Broken teeth. Facial traumas, such as car accidents, sports injuries, and physical altercations, frequently result in broken teeth. When your dentist and oral surgeon are unable to repair the teeth, we will extract them and discuss your options for tooth replacement, such as dental implants.
Tooth extractions are a standard solution to a variety of dental problems. Maintaining routine checkups with your dentist increases your chances of avoiding tooth extractions, as your dentist can identify and treat many problems before they escalate to a point where they require an extraction. We also strongly encourage you to maintain healthy oral hygiene habits at home. Taking care of your teeth by brushing and flossing every day will go a long way in preventing the need for tooth removal. If you require an extraction, our oral surgeons will ensure you understand all of your options for tooth replacement.
Tooth Extraction in Dallas, TX
If you suffer from periodontal disease, tooth decay, or a facial trauma injury, we encourage you to contact our office in Dallas, TX, to schedule a consultation. Our doctors can assess your condition and determine if tooth extraction is the right solution for your needs. We look forward to restoring your oral function and smile.