An extraction is necessary if a tooth is damaged beyond repair or if it is impacted. An impacted tooth is one that is unable to erupt through the gums, which occurs when the tooth is blocked by another tooth, bone, or soft tissue. Other reasons for extraction include having a crowded mouth or requiring orthodontic complex work.
Impacted teeth can become a problem because the other teeth have to work harder to chew, and that can lead to tooth damage. In addition, if a tooth becomes impacted, it can cause pain, gum disease, or infection.
If a tooth is impacted, the dentist will first determine whether they can save the tooth with a procedure called an apicoectomy. If the tooth is damaged or cannot be saved, it may need to be extracted.
When a tooth is infected, an extraction may be necessary. An infection is usually caused by bacteria. When bacteria are present, the tooth may become inflamed and this may cause severe pain. If left untreated, the infection can cause sepsis, which affects the entire body. The bacteria may spread to the bloodstream and affect the heart, brain, and liver.
Orthodontic treatments may sometimes require tooth extraction if the teeth are too crowded. By removing the extra teeth, the patient’s alignment issues can be fixed by allowing room for the other teeth to move into their proper positions.
Orthodontic treatment can also correct bite problems. If your bite is misaligned, it can cause the teeth to crowd together, leading to impaction and the need for tooth extraction. In such cases, we will remove teeth from either side of the jaw to make enough space for the remaining teeth to move.
To find out more about the dental services we offer at Finesse Dental Care, call (805) 410-9324 or schedule a consultation online. You can also visit Dentist in Thousand Oaks, CA at 860 Hampshire Rd., Suite E, Thousand Oaks, CA 91361.