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Our team at Towncare Dental of Clermont is dedicated to helping you keep your natural teeth healthy. But sometimes a tooth is too damaged or decayed to restore and must be pulled.
A tooth removal or tooth extraction is a common and relatively simple procedure.
Teeth are not rigidly attached to the jaw bone. Instead, they connect to the bone by fibers called periodontal ligaments. By carefully manipulating the tooth, the ligaments can be detached and the tooth can be extracted.
Why a Tooth May Need to be Removed
There are several reasons why people call Towncare Dental of Clermont to see if they need to have a tooth removed. They include:
- Tooth is severely cracked or broken
Although teeth are made up of a mineral that gives them the strength to chew even tough foods, there are still times when a tooth may crack or break. Most times, a cracked or broken tooth can be fixed with a crown. If the damage has reached the pulp located in the center of the tooth, you may need a root canal and a crown to save it. However, there are times when the tooth is too damaged or rotten to save. In those cases, our dentist will recommend it be removed.
- Deep decay (cavity)
Dental decay is an infection that erodes the tooth enamel, causing a cavity (hole) in the tooth. Small cavities can be repaired with a filling and larger cavities can typically be fixed with a crown. But if you have a severely infected tooth and are in pain, dentists have two options to relieve the toothache. If a root canal is not a viable toothache remedy, the dentist may recommend the tooth be pulled.
- Baby tooth retained
A retained baby tooth is a primary tooth that does not fall out on its own. This prevents the permanent tooth underneath from emerging through the gum line. When this occurs, the dentist will remove the baby tooth so the permanent tooth is able to come through.
- Teeth too crowded
There are times when a person’s jaw is too small to hold all their permanent teeth in proper alignment. The teeth crowd each other and shift out of their proper position. To remedy this problem, the dentist may extract one or more teeth. The extraction is often followed by orthodontic treatment including braces so the remaining teeth align properly.
- Tooth or teeth unstable because of gum disease
Just as the bacteria in your mouth can attack the enamel of the tooth and cause cavities, bacteria also can attack the gum tissue. This is called periodontal disease, or gum disease. This infection causes the gums to pull away from the tooth and deteriorates the ligaments holding the tooth to the jaw bone. If the tooth becomes too loose, it can fall out or need to be extracted.
- Wisdom teeth are causing problems
Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars that usually push through the gum line at the back of the jaw between the ages of 17 and 25. Often, there is not enough room in the jaw for the wisdom teeth to grow in. If a wisdom tooth remains partially or completely under the gum line and impacts the tooth next to it, it’s called an impacted wisdom tooth. A dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon to remove the impacted wisdom tooth.
If dentist in Clermont concludes that you need a “simple tooth extraction,” it means the dentist anticipates the shape and condition of the tooth roots will allow the tooth to come out easily. This is also referred to as an uncomplicated extraction.
Generally speaking, a tooth extraction is a routine dental procedure that can be performed by a general dentist right in the comfort of our Towncare Dental of Clermont office. In other cases, our dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon to perform the tooth extraction.
Wisdom Tooth Removal in Clermont
Most people have four wisdom teeth that begin to emerge during the later teen/early adult years.
Many people, however, don’t have enough room in their jaws for the wisdom teeth to grow in. This can result in several oral health problems. Our team at Towncare Dental of Clermont will take x-rays to determine if your wisdom teeth are causing any problems such as:
- The jaw is too small for the wisdom teeth to properly come through the gum line
- The wisdom teeth have emerged only partially through the gums
- The wisdom teeth are coming in at an angle
- The wisdom teeth are damaging the permanent teeth next to them
- The wisdom teeth are damaging the jaw bone
- The wisdom teeth are causing a gum infection
Our dentist may recommend you have the wisdom teeth removed to eliminate existing problems or to prevent future ones. It’s easiest to have the wisdom teeth extracted before the age of 25 because the wisdom tooth roots are not fully developed yet and the jaw bone is not as dense as it will be when you are older.
If our dentist cannot perform the wisdom tooth procedure, we’ll refer you to an oral surgeon who will be able to help you.
Call Towncare Dental of Clermont Today to Schedule an Exam
The first step to determining whether you need to have any teeth extracted is to schedule a dental exam. During the exam, we’ll take x-rays and evaluate the condition of your teeth. Then we can determine whether the natural tooth or teeth can be saved and restored to health, or if the best option is to remove the damaged or decayed teeth.
Call our office today at (352) 432-1960 to schedule an exam.