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Oral Surgery: Common Reasons for a Tooth Extraction
Learning more about oral surgery is a great idea if you think that you will need one or more of your teeth surgically extracted. When you understand more about a particular type of dental procedure, you are more likely to experience a successful outcome. Being prepared for any type of dental work means that you know what to do before, during and after the procedure.
Who performs tooth extractions?
While an oral and maxillofacial surgeon is the type of dental professional who has undergone the education and training necessary in order to perform complex surgical treatments, general dentists can also perform simple oral surgery on their patients. A dentist often performs tooth extractions on their patients when they are experiencing problems with their teeth vs. sending them to an oral surgeon.
Common reasons for a tooth extraction
The list below includes common reasons someone would need to have one or more of their teeth extracted.
Severe tooth decay
Severe tooth decay is the most common reason someone would be in need of a tooth extraction. It can take many years for decay to affect a tooth so badly that it needs to be extracted from the mouth vs. being repaired. Once any decay reaches the center of a tooth, the next step is to perform a root canal in order to save the tooth, but many times, a tooth is too far gone in order to be treated.
Severe gum disease
Gum disease can negatively affect the overall health of the tooth just like tooth decay. When a dental patient is diagnosed with an advanced stage of gum disease, their gum tissues, ligaments and jawbone will slowly begin to degenerate. Once this degeneration reaches a certain stage, the teeth will begin to become loose, often making it necessary to extract the tooth, as it can no longer be saved.
An overcrowded mouth
Many dental patients will be diagnosed with an overcrowded mouth. This type of dental situation is often due to their extra set of molars growing in, also known as wisdom teeth. When a patient's wisdom teeth grow in and there is simply not enough room in their mouth to accommodate these extra teeth, it is necessary to extract them so they do not cause problems with the other teeth.
When a tooth breaks at the gum line
When a tooth breaks near or at the gum line, it can be difficult to restore the tooth. While dental crowns are often used in order to restore a broken tooth, when there is not enough of the tooth left to support this restoration option, it is necessary to extract the tooth.
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Ready to find out if oral surgery is in your near future? If you are in need of a tooth extraction in order to support your good overall health, it is necessary to know a general dentist can perform the extraction. It is also necessary to find a tooth replacement option in order to replace any of your extracted teeth, unless the tooth being extracted is a wisdom tooth.
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