Taking Out Teeth Can Save Your Smile
If you have seen a production of the musical Little Shop of Horrors, you may recall the scene when the main character, Seymour, goes to the dentist.
In this scene, the dentist (portrayed by Steve Martin in the movie) seems to revel in removing his patients’ teeth. We promise our dentists at Hubbard and Leath Dental are nothing like that.
When we have to remove one of our patients’ teeth, we do it for their oral health, and we take steps to minimize any pain they may feel.
If you live in or near Rochester Hills, talk to us if you have any concerns about your teeth. If you need a tooth removed, it just might save your smile.
Wisdom tooth removal
One of the most common types of tooth removal occurs when many of us are teenagers. Our wisdom teeth are the final set of molars that grow into our mouths.
Unfortunately, for many of us, human mouths have changed. As a result, many of us do not have enough space for our wisdom teeth to grow.
This can cause crowding issues with your existing teeth. It may cause pain, or it may increase your risk for an oral infection depending on how and in which direction you wisdom teeth grow.
For patients who need their wisdom teeth removed, your comfort is a priority when we perform this procedure.
You will be taken to a comfortable room, and you will be given a local anesthetic before the procedure begins. You will not feel anything as we carefully take out your wisdom teeth.
Afterwards, we will give you instructions on how to care for your mouth as it heals.
Other types of tooth extraction
Wisdom teeth are not the only ones we have to take out, however. Throughout our lives, our teeth can become damaged in a number of ways.
One was is poor oral hygiene. If you don’t take the proper steps to care for your teeth (brushing and flossing daily, making routine visits to the dentist, watching what you eat and drink), you may end up suffering from tooth decay.
Decay can damage part of your tooth or it can damage the structure of the tooth. If that damage is too severe, a root canal won’t be enough to fix it, and your tooth will need to be extracted.
Gum disease is another possible result of poor oral hygiene. Most people remember to brush, but millions of Americans do not floss every day. This may leave plaque or food particles trapped between your teeth and gums, and that can lead to gum disease.
If this is not treated early, it can affect the bones that secure your teeth in your mouth.
Another reason you may need a tooth removed is illness. If your immune system has been compromised, you may be better served removing a tooth than risking an infection.
In most cases, having your tooth removed is a low-risk procedure. However, it is important to follow your care instructions when it is over.
Replacing your teeth
After you have a tooth or teeth removed, you may want to consider a replacement, for cosmetic and functional reasons. Dental implants and dentures are two options that will help restore the look and appearance of your smile.
Dental implants are a prosthetic that replaces the root of the tooth or teeth you had removed. An implant can be fitted with a crown (for one tooth) or bridge (for multiple teeth).
Crowns and bridges are made to look and feel like your natural teeth. When placed on a dental implant, they can restore your chewing power as well.
If you need to replace an entire arch of teeth, implant-supported dentures can give you confidence that your smile will look complete. Implant-supported dentures are placed on the abutments of a group of implants. These are more functional and more stable than dentures secured with an adhesive.
Tooth removal is often done by a dentist for the overall health of a patient, but we know that a missing tooth could leave you self-conscious. Our tooth replacement options can help you keep smiling with confidence.
Ready to talk to someone?
If you need to have you wisdom teeth or any other teeth removed, Hubbard and Leath Dental can help. If you would like to discuss your options, or you are ready to make an appointment in our Rochester Hills office, call 248.266.2528 or use our online form.