Tooth removal may be necessary if a tooth is so severely damaged or broken that it cannot be repaired with a dental restoration such as a crown. Additionally, impacted teeth may need to be extracted because they cannot erupt properly.
Patients who are facing orthodontic treatment to correct severe crowding may also need to have a tooth extracted to create enough room to straighten the smile.
Depending on the circumstances, patients may need to consult with an oral surgeon regarding extraction, especially in the cases of impacted teeth, in which bone may need to be removed in order to access the tooth.
If a surgical procedure is necessary for tooth removal, it likely can be performed in an outpatient setting. Patients will usually have a number of options for sedation or anesthesia as well.
Most patients will not want to have an empty space in their smile for too long after the tooth extraction, so you may want to start planning for your replacement tooth soon after learning that a tooth needs to be removed, except in the case of wisdom teeth. Keep in mind also that a tooth removed as part of an overarching orthodontic treatment plan will not need to be replaced.
If you do want to restore a complete smile after tooth extraction, you may want to consider discussing dental implants as a tooth replacement option with your oral surgeon. These devices are the only structurally complete options for replicating a biological tooth. The implant serves as an artificial tooth root, which then can help to support a crown, bridge or denture.
Dental implants help to preserve the integrity of the jawbone, which can help to prevent further tooth loss due to a compromised attachment between the tooth and the jaw.
If you are a candidate for tooth extraction, schedule a consultation with one of our knowledgeable oral surgeons to learn about the procedure, in addition to discussing possible treatment options. For more information, contact our team at Austin Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery today.