Sometimes, tooth extractions in Sherwood Park can’t be avoided. In this month’s blog, we run through the most common reasons why patients require this procedure.
If an infection has reached the pulp in the centre of your tooth, root canal treatment can be an effective approach to saving it. However, it isn’t an option in all cases, especially if the infection has gone too far. And sometimes, patients prefer tooth extraction due to the difference in cost. Tooth removal is often viewed as a “last resort” option because teeth can shift when a gap has been created.
For a straighter smile, tooth extraction may be necessary to make room for adult teeth and ensure proper alignment of the teeth and jaws during orthodontic treatment. If certain teeth don’t have room to grow, this results in a misshapen smile.
If an implant is going to replace a damaged tooth, the original tooth must first be removed by your dentist in Sherwood Park. This is a must, as the implant, abutment, and crown will go in its place.
At Parkstone Dental, we routinely remove impacted molars, also known as “wisdom” teeth. If you’re like most people, you’ll have some or all four of them removed at some point in your life. Perhaps you’ve already undergone this procedure and now your son or daughter is experiencing mouth discomfort due to these large third molars. Is the pain affecting their sleep? Are they having trouble eating?
What’s in a name? Our third molars are called wisdom teeth, because these teeth usually don’t make themselves known until the late teens or early 20s. Since the beginning of time, we’ve associated wisdom with age … and that’s really all there is to the name.
The theory is that humans developed wisdom teeth to aid in the tough job of grinding foods during prehistoric times. People then also had a much larger jaw to accommodate four wisdom teeth – one in the back of each mouth quadrant. Over time, the diet of humans became more refined and wisdom teeth became obsolete.
You might ask, “But we were born with them, so why are wisdom teeth a problem?” Our jaws are considerably smaller than those of our ancestors, so by the time our permanent teeth (except for the wisdom teeth) have erupted into our mouth, they’ve taken all the space we have. Wisdom teeth have nowhere to go. This leads to impacted teeth (trapped in the jawbone) that put pressure on adjacent molars, causing them to shift … causing pain and misaligned teeth. Wisdom teeth aren’t so wise after all … and usually do more harm than good.
As a dentist in Sherwood Park, we most-often recommend removing wisdom teeth as a safe and effective way of avoiding oral health problems that often accompany them, such as tooth decay, gum disease, cysts, and damaged teeth.
If you experience any of these symptoms, call Parkston Dental to talk to us about your options…
- Jaw pain and swelling in the molar region
- A bad taste in your mouth
- Bad breath
- Swollen, red, tender, or bleeding gums at the back of your mouth.
The importance of interception. Even if you don’t experience any of these symptoms … it’s important to see us for your regular hygiene and doctor checkup visits. We’ll review your medical history, examine your mouth, and take x-rays to predict whether your wisdom teeth may cause future discomfort and concern. Depending on what we find, removal of these teeth may be recommended.
Not always do all wisdom teeth have to be removed. In some cases, close monitoring and special cleaning techniques are enough to keep wisdom teeth in check… But the only way of knowing what action should be taken is by calling us – your trusted Parkstone Dental team – for a thorough examination.
Don’t delay! Call now to find out if tooth extraction in Sherwood Park is right for you!
Yours in excellent dental health,
Drs. Glen Jefferies & Albert Voravong, your Sherwood Park Dentists