Usually, we want to preserve our teeth, but sometimes it is best to remove one. The most common reason for tooth removal is a wisdom tooth that is causing problems. Teeth that have extensive decay may also be removed if they threaten to spread infection and are unlikely to survive a root canal. Finally, baby teeth may be removed if they do not fall out on their own.
If you know or suspect you need a tooth extraction, Dr. Debra Cederbaum is able to help. With decades of experience, a compassionate approach, and sedation dentistry to calm anxiety, Dr. Cederbaum works to make the extraction process as comfortable as possible. To learn more, please call 206-524-1314 or email us today for an appointment at our dental office in Seattle.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom teeth commonly need to be extracted because they pose a danger to your other teeth. When coming in, wisdom teeth can become impacted, which means they hit up against another tooth when emerging. They can remain stuck in this position or may emerge after damaging the tooth they hit. Impacted wisdom teeth are hard to clean and can become infected. Teeth next to an impacted wisdom tooth are also at risk.
Wisdom teeth that emerge can also lead to crowding of your teeth. This can lead to an unattractive smile and sometimes a poor bite that causes trouble in eating or speaking. At your routine exam and cleaning, we can usually identify when a wisdom tooth will cause problems and recommend preventive extraction.
Infected Tooth Extraction
An infected tooth is not just a danger to itself. All your teeth are connected through the jawbone, and once infection penetrates a tooth into the jawbone it can spread between teeth. Worse, it can spread to other parts of the body, including the sinuses and the brain, which is a life-threatening situation.
Normally, a root canal is used to preserve an infected tooth. In some cases, though, the tooth may be too damaged or the infection too serious and a root canal is not recommended. We will then recommend extracting the infected tooth.
Baby Tooth Extraction
Most of the time, baby teeth fall out on their own. Sometimes, though, a tooth has too strong or too long a root and the body doesn’t resorb the root. In some people this is because there is no adult tooth coming in, but in other cases there is an adult tooth that needs the space. When this occurs, we will remove the baby tooth.
Sedation Dentistry for Extractions
Many people fear that an extraction will be painful, but in most cases the procedure is not as bad as people think. In order to help you overcome anxiety, we offer sedation dentistry, which can help you feel relaxed during the procedure. We offer oral sedation, nitrous oxide, and IV sedation, which will be recommended as appropriate.
Replacing a Lost Tooth
In the case of a wisdom tooth or baby tooth extraction, there is no need to replace the removed tooth. But if you have had an infected tooth removed, it is necessary to put in a replacement tooth to prevent the other teeth from shifting and becoming crooked. It’s also important because teeth share the load of chewing together, and with a missing tooth nearby teeth will be put under extra strain and be at risk of damage.
We offer dental bridges and dental implants to replace a removed tooth.
To learn more about tooth extraction, please contact us today for an appointment at our dental office in Seattle.