Why do we need to remove teeth?


Most of us will have to remove a tooth at some point of our lives. There are plenty of reasons we lose teeth, for example:

  • Orthodontic treatment: Orthodontists typically take out 2 to 4 bicuspid teeth to make room for your remaining teeth in your mouth.
  • Infected and broken teeth: Leaving infected teeth in your mouth can compromise your overall health and is not recommended. If your bad teeth can’t be saved, you will have to remove them.
  • Wisdom teeth: These teeth are all the way in the back of your mouth and often times cause pain and need to be removed.

Leaving broken and damaged teeth in your mouth is never a good idea. In addition to pain, broken teeth cause infection which spreads to your other teeth. From there, the infection can spread to the rest of your body through your blood stream or sinuses. Furthermore, since not all infections are painful, you may not even be aware that there is an infection inside your mouth. This compromises your overall health, leading to unexplained headaches, sinus infection and digestive issues.

What are wisdom teeth?

Impacted wisdom teeth typically need to be removed or they created problems

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are located all the way in the back of your mouth. Some lucky individuals are born without any wisdom teeth and thus never have to worry about them. The rest of us have four wisdom teeth in our mouth, one in each corner. If you have wisdom teeth, you should decide what to do with them as soon as possible. The longer you leave problematic wisdom teeth in your mouth, the more problems you will face. Plus, wisdom teeth become more difficult to remove with age as your jawbone stiffens.

Do I need to extract my wisdom teeth?

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    Impacted wisdom teeth are trapped under the jawbone.

Not everyone needs to remove their wisdom teeth, some do and some don’t. You get to keep your wisdom teeth if you have enough room to fully accommodate these teeth. Unfortunately, most people don’t have enough space to accommodate their wisdom teeth. If you don’t have enough space, you need to remove your wisdom teeth for the following reasons:

  • As wisdom teeth push their way out, they cause severe pain and discomfort. This could lead to pain, swelling and infection in your mouth.
  • Wisdom teeth push on their neighboring teeth and occasionally damage them. This can lead to cavities on the neighboring teeth and even more dental problems.
  • Removing your wisdom teeth early on in life helps keep your teeth straight and prevents teeth crowding. The reason is because as wisdom teeth push their way out they cause your remaining teeth to become crooked.
  • Finally, failure to remove impacted wisdom teeth can be a major contributor to headaches, sinus troubles or jaw problems. Removing your wisdom teeth can alleviate these symptoms and provide for significant relief.

What are impacted wisdom teeth?

Impacted wisdom teeth are trapped and covered under your jawbone. Typically, impacted wisdom teeth fail to erupt in their proper position since they are trapped. As a result, most impacted wisdom teeth must be removed or they will cause pain and infection. The sooner you remove these impacted teeth, the less pain and discomfort you will experience.

Do I need a bone graft after tooth extraction?

Most dentists recommend placing a bone graft after extracting your teeth, especially for larger wisdom teeth. After extracting your teeth, there is a socket left behind. This socket needs to fill up with bone tissue in order to properly heal. Placing a bone graft helps your body heal faster and with more predictability. Here are some other benefits of adding a bone graft after tooth extraction:

  • Placing a bone graft helps improve healing.
  • Bone grafts also reduces chances of developing infection or dry socket.
  • Finally, bone graft preserves extraction sockets for future dental implant placement.

If your goal is to place a dental implant in place of your missing tooth, it is highly recommended to add bone graft after tooth extraction. Otherwise, chances are your jawbone will collapse and you won’t be a good candidate for dental implants in the future.

Teeth extraction and wisdom removal in San Clemente:

If you are need of a tooth extraction in San Clemente we can help you. Call us at (949)481-2540 or book your appointment online to have your tooth extracted. We offer same day tooth extraction, including all wisdom teeth removal surgeries. Our dentist, Dr. Jazayeri, will review everything you need to know about removing your tooth. We will go over the costs of having your tooth or wisdom teeth extracted. Also, don’t forget to ask us about our sedation “sleep” option if you’re worried about having teeth removed. With sedation we can remove multiple teeth in one session without you feeling any pain. Give us a call today to see how easy it is to remove your problematic teeth and fix your smile.

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