Teeth Removal is usually our last sort of recommended treatment because natural teeth are better than any replacement not only in terms of strength and function but in terms of keeping bone healthy around them (as long as your keep your teeth healthy and free of infections) which help to support your facial muscles properly and prevent “aging effect” if your natural teeth are lost too early in life.
However, in some cases Teeth Extraction becomes necessary for:
- severely damaged teeth through tooth decay or after a trauma that can’t be restored.
- very loose teeth that has suffered chronic Periodontal disease and advanced bone loss around them.
- infected teeth where previous Root Canal Treatment has failed and the teeth can’t be repaired or retreated again.
- infected teeth that is has no strategic role in any future treatment plan e.g Wisdom teeth
- as part of full rehabilitation treatment plan that involve removal of some/all the remaining “bad” teeth and replacement with dentures and/or implants.
- for primary (baby) teeth that has failed to exfoliate in due time.
How about Wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth, also referred to as third molars, get their name by being the last teeth to come in during young adulthood. As part of a dental visit, your dentist will examine you to determine if your wisdom teeth are healthy and properly positioned.
Every patient is unique, but in general, wisdom teeth may need to be removed when there is evidence of changes in the mouth such as:
- tumors (That’s why we recommend a Full Mouth X-Ray at least every 2-3 years)
- damage to adjacent teeth
- gum disease
- tooth decay (if it is not possible or desirable to restore the tooth)
We may also recommend removal to prevent problems or for others reasons, such as when removal is part of an orthodontic, restorative or periodontal treatment plan.
In addition, the condition of your mouth changes over time. Wisdom teeth that are not removed should continue to be monitored, because the potential for developing problems later on still exists. As with many other health conditions, as people age, they are at greater risk for health problems and that includes potential problems with their wisdom teeth. Regular dental visits are important so your dentist can evaluate not just your wisdom teeth but your overall oral health to help you prevent and manage dental disease and achieve optimal oral health.