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Our mission at Towncare Dental of Boca Raton is to help you keep all of your teeth healthy. There are times, however, when a tooth becomes too damaged or rotten to restore to health. When this occurs, our dentist may advise you to have the tooth removed.
Most times, extracting a tooth is a simple procedure that can be done right in our office. That’s because your teeth are connected to the jaw bone by thin fibers called periodontal ligaments. By expertly manipulating the tooth, the dentist can sever the ligaments so the tooth can be extracted with relative ease.
Why a Tooth May Need to be Removed
Most people contact our Towncare Dental of Boca Raton requesting an appointment to have a tooth pulled because they are experiencing pain. But a toothache doesn’t always mean the tooth must be pulled. Sometimes the tooth can be saved with a root canal or another dental procedure. However, there are times when the tooth is damaged beyond repair.
Common reasons to pull a tooth include:
Severely cracked or broken tooth
Sports injuries, biting down on something hard like a popcorn kernel, tooth decay and accidents can cause a tooth to break or crack. If the damage is minor, the dentist can cap the tooth with a crown. If the crack or break has reached the connective tissue and nerves in the center of the tooth, known as the pulp, you may need a root canal before a crown is placed on the tooth. There are cases, however, when the tooth is too damaged or rotten to save and must be extracted.
Severe decay (cavity)
Every time you eat, your teeth come under attack from bacteria that can erode the enamel and cause dental decay. This can lead to cavities, which are literally holes in the teeth. If the cavity is small, it can be repaired with a filling. If the cavity is large, a crown may be required to cover the cavity. But if the tooth is severely infected tooth and you are in pain, the dentist may recommend a root canal or a tooth extraction to relieve your pain.
Baby tooth retained
Losing baby teeth is a rite of passage for children starting at the age of 6 or 7. Children eagerly look forward to placing their tooth beneath their pillow to await a visit from the tooth fairy. Sometimes, however, a primary tooth fails to fall out on its own and must be pulled by the dentist so the permanent tooth can grow in.
Crowded Teeth / Tooth Removal for Orthodontic Treatment
By the time a youth turns 13 years old, most of his or her permanent teeth will have emerged. Unfortunately, the jaw of an adolescent isn’t always large enough to accommodate all of the 28 permanent teeth. In some cases, the teeth crowd one another and shift out of position. When this occurs, your dentist may need to remove one or more of the permanent teeth to make room for the remaining teeth. This procedure is often followed by an orthodontic treatment, such as braces, to properly align the remaining teeth.
Advanced Periodontal Disease
Just as bacteria can erode the enamel of your teeth and cause cavities, it can also attack the gum tissue that holds your teeth in place. This is known as periodontal disease. According to the American Dental Association, 50 percent of Americans over the age of 30 have some stage of periodontal disease. As the disease progresses, it causes the gum tissue to pull away from the teeth and severs the ligaments that hold the teeth to the jaw bone. The affected tooth will either loosen and fall out on its own or require extracting.
Impacted Wisdom Tooth
Most people have a third set of molars that emerge between the ages of 17 and 25. Because these molars appear at the age of maturity, they are commonly known as wisdom teeth. For many people, the jaw bone isn’t large enough to accommodate these four new molars. They can remain partially or completely beneath the gum line and become impacted. When this occurs, our dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon to have the impacted tooth removed.
Most procedures to remove teeth are classified as “simple tooth extractions” This means the dentist has determined that the shape and condition of the tooth roots will allow the tooth to be easily removed.
This is typically a routine dental procedure that can be performed by a general dentist right in the comfort of our Towncare Dental of Boca Raton office. In more complicated cases, our dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon to perform the tooth extraction.
Wisdom Tooth Removal in Boca Raton
Most people have four wisdom teeth that emerge through the gum line during the late teens or early 20s.
Some people have no problems when this third set of molars begins to grow. Others experience severe pain as the wisdom teeth try to grow into a jaw too small to accommodate them. Common reasons people experience problems with wisdom teeth include:
- The jaw is too small for the wisdom teeth to properly emerge through the gum line
- The wisdom teeth are only partially coming through the gums
- The wisdom teeth are growing in at an angle
- The wisdom teeth are damaging the adjacent teeth
- The wisdom teeth are damaging the jaw bone
- The wisdom teeth are causing a gum infection
If x-rays indicate any of these problems, our dentist may recommend you have the wisdom teeth removed. It’s easiest to have the wisdom teeth extracted before the age of 25 because the wisdom tooth roots are not fully developed at this age and the jaw bone is not as dense as it will be when you are older.
If our dentist cannot extract the problem wisdom tooth or teeth, we’ll refer you to an oral surgeon who will be able to help you.
Call Towncare Dental of Boca Raton Today to Schedule an Exam
If you are in pain and suspect you need to have a tooth pulled, call our office at (561) 430-2078 to schedule a dental exam. We’ll take x-rays, evaluate the condition of your teeth and discuss your concerns. Our dentist will then determine whether the tooth can be restored to health or if the best option is to extract the tooth.
We look forward to helping you.