In general, dentists at the McLoud Family Dentistry perform extractions of decayed teeth beyond repair or restoration. Damaged non-third molar teeth are immediately extracted as soon as other dental concerns, like infection and inflammation, are addressed.
Our experts also perform extractions for other reasons as explained below:
Hyperdontia is a rare condition of having extra teeth. Supernumerary teeth are removed as soon as possible, especially if they obstruct the growth of standard teeth and cause dental misalignment. If there are no adverse effects, a regular checkup of the patient’s oral health is recommended to ensure that the presence of additional teeth remain harmless. A patient may also request an extraction for cosmetic reasons, provided that he undergoes prior evaluation and has a dental x-ray, which helps the dentist with the procedure.
Pre-Orthodontic Treatment and Installation of Braces
A patient may also undergo teeth extraction before an orthodontic treatment and installation of dental braces. If the dentist finds that the patient’s teeth are overcrowded, an extraction is necessary to provide sufficient space for teeth to align accordingly.
Gum Disease Control
If a gum disease turns severe, an immediate extraction of damaged teeth may be performed on the patient. A loose periodontal disease exposes damaged teeth to bacteria and may cause harmful oral infection. Such exposure may also damage the supporting tissues and bones of not only the damaged teeth, but also the surrounding ones.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
McLoud Family Dentistry also prescribes the extraction of third molars or wisdom teeth if they are deemed impacted and have been proven to cause disease in the patient’s oral and dental environment.
Head and Neck Cancer Patients Undergoing Radiation
Our dentists also administer urgent extractions for neck and head cancer patients who undergo radiation. Radiation causes damage to the jawbone and salivary glands. If certain teeth are not extracted, this may put the patient at risk of developing an extremely painful condition known as osteoradionecrosis.
Considering the debilitating effect of this condition, our dentists will have to put the patient under thorough examination and strict oral hygiene. As soon as possible, they will perform either a simple or surgical extraction based on the results of their patient’s overall dental assessment.