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3 Reasons Why It Might Be Time for an Extraction

January 21, 2017
Posted By: Smith Dental
Woman Smiling | Tooth Extractions Aloha

While our ultimate goal at Smith Dental is to help you preserve and maintain your teeth for a lifetime, there may be some circumstances in which you may need to have a tooth removed.

Here are 3 reasons why we might recommend tooth extractions at our Aloha dental office:

Orthodontic Treatment

Patients undergoing orthodontic treatment may be advised to have teeth removed due to crowding. While orthodontists typically do their best to help patients maintain all of their teeth, some mouths just don't have enough space. The removal of 2 to 4 teeth can give your orthodontist the extra space needed to deliver your newly aligned and dazzling smile in a timely manner.

Wisdom Teeth

Because of their location at the very back of your mouth, it's often recommended that wisdom teeth be extracted for a number of reasons such as:

  • They're difficult to properly brush and floss, putting you at an increased risk of developing tooth decay or gum disease.
  • They may crowd your other teeth and cause them to move or shift.
  • They may not come in straight, which impacts your other teeth.
  • They may remain impacted, or stuck under your gum line, which can lead to infection.

Wisdom teeth extractions are very common, and most people have them removed around the ages of 18 to 25 years old. We're able to complete most wisdom teeth extraction surgeries here at Smith Dental, so you'll work with the doctors and team you already know.

Severe Decay or Infection

A tooth that has become severely decayed or infected beyond what a root canal can preserve will need to be extracted. Leaving your tooth untreated increases your risk of your infection spreading to other critical areas of your body. A decayed tooth can also be quite painful and prevent you from eating, chewing, brushing, and flossing, posing a risk to your oral health.

Contact our office today to learn more about tooth extractions and how we can help you!

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