Why might I need dental extractions?

If you are told by your Weatherford, Texas, area dentist that you need a tooth removed, you might be curious to know more about dental extractions. Dr. Chris Elliott of Weatherford Advanced Dentistry is a professional who can evaluate you to decide if you need a tooth removed and discuss the process of dental extractions for your unique situation.

Why might I need a tooth removed?

Dental extractions may be performed for several reasons. Tooth removal might be recommended for:

  • Wisdom tooth extraction. The wisdom teeth are the third molars that come in last, at the back of your mouth. They are often removed because they can crowd other teeth and cause pain or infection.
  • Orthodontic tooth extraction. If your child is getting braces, there might not be enough room for all teeth. In this case, the dentist will remove one or more teeth to create more space.
  • Crowded teeth. If your teeth are too crowded, the dentist might recommend removing one or two teeth to make more room.
  • Emergency tooth extraction from a tooth infection. An infected tooth might need to be removed if it can’t be saved with a root canal procedure.
  • Impacted tooth. An impacted tooth is a tooth that hasn’t come into the mouth (erupted) because there isn’t enough room. The dentist removes the tooth to prevent damage to other teeth.
  • Tooth decay. Severe tooth decay can damage a tooth to the point where it needs to be removed.
  • Gum disease. Gum disease can result in teeth becoming loose. The dentist might need to remove the teeth if they can’t be saved with treatment.
  • Facial trauma. A broken, chipped, or displaced tooth might need to be removed.

The decision to remove a tooth is made after a complete oral examination and review of your medical history. Dr. Elliott will discuss all your treatment options with you and answer any questions you have before the procedure is performed.

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What can I expect after tooth extraction?

There are two types of tooth extractions: simple and surgical. The recovery time from a surgical extraction is longer than from a simple extraction. Dr. Elliott will review the aftercare instructions with you following the removal to reduce the risk of infection and other complications.

Learn more about dental extractions today

Weatherford, TX area patients like you can call Dr. Chris Elliott of Weatherford Advanced Dentistry to book an appointment with his team of professionals at 181 East BB Fielder Road, Ste. #200. Call (817) 609-4311 to find out more!