June 30, 2017
At NY Smile Creators, we want to help you keep all of your natural teeth for life — but sometimes, it’s best for your oral and/or overall health to remove one or more problematic pearly whites. When you visit our office for a checkup and cleaning every six months, we’ll detect the need for tooth extraction in Queens early, in order to provide the quickest, most comfortable treatment possible.
But why might you need an extraction? It could be for any number of reasons, from infection to genetics or even before you get braces. We’ve included some of the most common causes for tooth removal in this week’s blog post.
#1: You’ve Got a Severely Aching Tooth
A bad toothache is a sign of infection that has reached the interior, or pulp, of the tooth. Once decay affects this area, it requires more than a simple filling can fix — and root canal therapy isn’t always successful. If we have tried to rescue the tooth with a root canal to no avail, or if your dentist can tell in an initial appointment that the tooth is beyond repair, tooth extraction is the last resort. Removing the infection at the source will protect your surrounding teeth and prevent the spread of infection throughout the rest of the body.
If you have a severe toothache, don’t hesitate to call NY Smile Creators. We’re happy to be your emergency dentist in Queens.
#2: You Are About to Get Braces
Many people deal with crowded teeth. It is not uncommon for an orthodontist to recommend the removal of one or more of the crowded teeth in advance of orthodontic treatment. Carefully planned extraction of extra or crowded teeth can make enough room in the gums to gradually move the teeth into their proper position.
#3: You Have Periodontal (Gum) Disease
Gum disease eats away at your healthy jawbone, taking away from the structure that keeps your teeth healthy and stable in the mouth. If you have had severe periodontitis, your teeth may have lost their sturdy foundation. Your dentist will recommend extraction of teeth that don’t have adequate support in the gum line.
#4: You Got Your Wisdom Teeth
Last but not least is the wisdom teeth — one of the most common reasons for extraction. Not everyone has the third set of molars we call wisdom teeth, but people who do will often need to have them removed. Many wisdom teeth come in at an angle, pressing on the surrounding teeth and causing them to fall out of proper alignment. Teeth that become trapped beneath the gums can also become infected, meaning removal is necessary for protecting oral and overall health.
Questions? Talk to Us Today!
If you believe you have a tooth that needs extraction, please don’t wait to get in touch with us! If it’s an emergency, we will work to get you in as soon as possible. Contact us or request an appointment online today.
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