While your primary or baby teeth are designed to fall out eventually, your permanent or adult teeth are made to be with you for your whole life. But how often do things go exactly as planned? There are a lot of reasons you might have to get a tooth removed. This is not a decision to make lightly, but if a tooth needs to come out, it should. Leaving such a tooth in your mouth can cause many health risks, never mind pain that won’t go away.

Even if you had a bad tooth already taken out (or if it fell out on its own), there could be a problem. Your jawbone is designed to hold onto the roots of your teeth. When a root goes missing, the bone there can start to deteriorate, weakening your jaw and putting you at a higher risk of injury. Since both of our dentists are doctors of dental surgery (DDS), they can both help with these situations.

Why You Might Need Oral Surgery

There are several reasons why you might need oral surgery. The most common one is to remove a tooth, and there are four general reasons you might need to remove one.

  1. If a tooth gets infected, a root canal can sometimes save the tooth. But if the infection has festered for too long, there might not be enough tooth left to save. A tooth removal would be the healthiest option at that point.
  2. Sometimes, a tooth is just naturally prone to infection, or certain medicines and treatments (like chemotherapy) put a tooth at a very high risk of infection. In these cases, extracting the tooth might be better than waiting for it to become painfully infected.
  3. If your adult teeth came through at the wrong angle, they could be overcrowding your teeth. This not only looks bad, but it can put your teeth at a higher chance for tooth decay. Removing a tooth could give you enough room for orthodontics like ClearCorrect to fix the problems.
  4. If an adult tooth doesn’t come in all the way and remains partially under the gum, that’s called an impacted tooth.

As we said above, sometimes the problem is with the jawbone. When part of it goes without a root (real or artificial as with dental implants) and without stimulation from your tooth, the bone tissue begins to deteriorate. This can also put nearby teeth at risk. If the bone around their roots starts to weaken, they are more likely to move out of place fall out as the result of an injury or accident.

Types Of Oral Surgery

At Dietrich Dental Services, we perform two types of surgical extractions. A surgical extraction is when we have to get past some of the gums to remove a tooth. This can happen when a regular tooth is impacted, or if it broke off below the gumline. Wisdom teeth extraction is a second type. It can be similar to an extraction for other teeth, but given the unique nature and location of your wisdom teeth, it’s often a bit more complicated.

Occasionally, we refer some extractions to the oral surgeon who specializes in complicated extractions, but for the most part, we are able to keep our patients in our office for these dental procedures. Existing patients in our practice like this since they already have a great relationship with us and don’t have to be anxious about getting used to someone else.

Oral surgery is not something to fear, as pretending the problem doesn’t exist is usually much worse. Plus, we offer sedation dentistry such as nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral sedation to help you get through your oral surgery procedure. If you think you might need oral surgery, or if you’re ready to make your next appointment, call us at [phone] today or use our online form.