Teeth Extractions Can Be Important

Removing teeth is not something that dentists like to do.

In a perfect world, our patients’ teeth will have plenty of room to erupt and no one would ever have oral health problems. While we really like serving patients in and around Fredericksburg, VA, our dentists know that we don’t live in that perfect world that is free from dental issues.

As a result, teeth removal is necessary sometimes for the long-term oral health of our patients. You may be wondering if you should have a tooth or teeth removed. Today, the staff at the office of Lloyd F. Moss Jr., D.D.S., & Lloyd F. Moss III, D.D.S. want you to learn more about when and why you may need teeth extracted.

Common Causes For Teeth Removal

As you likely know already, we like our patients to visit us a few times each year for routine cleanings and examinations. The cleanings are important, but so are the exams.

During your visits, we will look for signs of oral health problems (like tooth decay and gum disease), and we will monitor any changes to the alignment of your teeth.

Our goal is to help you preserve as many of your teeth for as long as you can.

Nevertheless, there are times when removing teeth is necessary. Some are due to issues that are out of your control while other can be directly related to your oral hygiene habits.

Here are some the common concerns that lead us to recommend teeth extractions:

◼︎ Wisdom teeth — Our wisdom teeth usually erupt in our late teens or early 20s. Unfortunately, the wisest decision is often to remove these teeth before they cause too many problems.

Modern humans have smaller mouths than our ancestors did. As a result, most of us don’t have room to accommodate our third set of molars. By some estimates, 80 percent of people or more will need to have their wisdom teeth extracted to avoid long-term problems with crowding or impacted teeth.

Impacted teeth are ones that erupt only partially or remain below the gumline.

◼︎ Orthodontic treatment — Orthodontic care is intended to help anyone straighten and thereby improve his or her smile. While orthodontic care can do a lot, there are times when it’s better to remove a tooth rather than forcing it to fit into your new smile.

This may because a primary tooth did not fall out when it should have. This also may be because a particular tooth severely misaligned due crowding in your mouth.

In these instances, removing a tooth or two can greatly improve the results of your orthodontic treatment.

◼︎ Tooth decay — Cavities are more common than you might think. More than 90 percent of people will have at least one cavity in their lives. Most of the time, these can be treated with a filling or a dental crown.

But if you let your tooth decay remain untreated for too long, it can seriously damage your tooth. If it reaches a point where the tooth can’t be saved, removing it may be the most effective way to prevent the infection from spreading to other parts of your mouth.

◼︎ Gum disease — Believe it or not, gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in the United States. Advanced gum disease can cause your gums to separate from your teeth and can damage the bone that holds your teeth in place.

In some cases, removing a severely loosened tooth may be done in conjunction with your gum disease treatment.

◼︎ Injuries — Trauma to the face can lead to problems with your teeth and jaw. Sometimes being struck in the mouth, say with a ball for example, can cause a tooth to break or chip. Other times, it can cause a tooth to fall out.

And still other times, it can loosen a tooth to a point where it will no longer stay in place. If this happens, removing the tooth may be the best option.

Removal And Replacement

At the office of Lloyd F. Moss Jr., D.D.S., & Lloyd F. Moss III, D.D.S., we are prepared to act to save your smile, whether that means giving you a tooth-colored filling to taking out a tooth.

We also want to remind you that it’s often just as important to replace lost, missing, and extracted teeth for your long-term oral health. We can perform either or both procedures for you at our dentist office in Fredericksburg, VA.

To make an appointment, simply call (540) 369-4926 or fill out our online form.