If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay Dr. Sharif Alsabbagh and Dr. Nuha Baalbaki (London Dentists) will attempt to fix it with a filling, crown or other treatment first. Sometimes, though, there’s too much damage for the tooth to be repaired. This is the most common reason for extracting a tooth.
Here are other reasons:
- A tooth that cannot be saved with a root canal procedure
- Elective extraction that will replace the tooth with a dental implant rather than restoration with a post and crown.
- Teeth with significant bone loss due to poor gum health (Periodontitis).
- Some people have extra teeth that block other teeth from coming in.
- People getting braces may need teeth extracted to create room for the teeth that are being moved into place.
- People receiving radiation to the head and neck may need to have teeth in the field of radiation extracted.
- People receiving cancer drugs may develop infected teeth. These drugs weaken the immune system, increasing the risk of infection. Infected teeth may need to be extracted.
- Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, are often extracted either before or after they come in. They commonly come in during the late teens or early 20s. These teeth often get stuck in the jaw (impacted) and do not come in.
Should you have your wisdom teeth removed?
Often, wisdom teeth don’t grow out properly. A tooth is “impacted” if it’s prevented from reaching its normal position by obstruction from tissue or another tooth. Impacted teeth can cause problems with chewing, develop cavities, infections, pain or periodontal problems and damage adjacent teeth. A tooth can be partially impacted if it has broken through the surface of the gums but can’t grow into a normal position. Our London, Ontario dentists, Dr. Sharif Alsabbagh and Dr. Nuha Baalbaki can determine if your wisdom teeth won’t grow in properly and recommend appropriate treatment or extraction.
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Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Sometimes, the “wisdom teeth,” large molars (back teeth) that usually start coming in around age 17-25, require removal because they cannot fully come into the mouth or they cause infection, pain or other problems.
Follow up care
Most simple tooth extractions do not cause much discomfort after the procedure. You may take an over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin and other brand names) for several days. You may not need any pain medicine at all.