Certainly, our goal is to prevent tooth loss. However, it sometimes becomes necessary to remove a tooth due to…..
- severe decay
- advanced periodontal disease (gum disease)
- infection (abscess)
- fracture of the tooth or root
- prior to treatment of oral cancer
- as part of a comprehensive orthodontic treatment plan prior to placing braces
- And in almost all people, the dentist will recommend removal of all 4 of your wisdom teeth.
In all of these scenarios, tooth removal will only be recommended if it is the best or only treatment alternative; for example, if a tooth is absolutely non restorable, if orthodontic results will be compromised without removing 1-4 teeth, or if wisdom teeth will not have enough room and will have the potential for causing infection, etc.
If a tooth needs to be extracted (removed), the dentist will determine if that extraction will be done in her/his office or will be referred to an oral surgeon. That decision is always made in the best interest of the patient. Once a tooth is removed, the patient receives a list of do’s and don’ts for proper care of the extraction site. It is very important to follow these instructions to help insure problem-free healing.
And, once a tooth is removed, the patient should strongly consider the timely placement of a bridge or implant to replace the missing tooth, where applicable of course.