The best thing you can do for your smile is to take every measure necessary to preserve your healthy, natural smile. For instance, by simply sticking to a good hygiene routine every day and visiting your dentist as often as recommended, you can prevent most of the issues that threaten your teeth. However, in some extreme cases, the only way to preserve the rest of your healthy teeth is to extract the compromised one before it can cause any more damage.
A Stuck Third Molar
Third molars, also known as wisdom teeth, are most popular because of the trouble they typically cause for other teeth. For many patients, wisdom teeth become stuck, or impacted, by existing molars, pushing against them forcefully and leading to intense levels of discomfort. To stop the pain, your dentist will have to extract the impacted molars as soon as possible.
An Extremely Crooked Tooth
Crooked teeth can be addressed in a variety of ways, most commonly with orthodontic braces. In some rare cases, it may require removing a tooth that’s so crooked even braces can’t correct it. Extracting a misaligned or misshapen tooth will make room for your dentist to ensure that all of the rest of your teeth are straighter.
A Highly Compromised Tooth
Restorative dentistry can save most teeth in most situations, but tooth damage or decay can sometimes become too severe for any restorative treatment. If a tooth can’t be saved, then the next best thing is to save the rest of your oral health by removing it. Then, your dentist can replace the tooth to fully restore your smile and bite function.
Ask Us if Tooth Extraction Can Fix Your Smile
When it’s necessary, tooth extraction can be a great first step to fixing your smile under extreme circumstances. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Cedar Dental in Cedar Rapids, IA, today at (319) 364-7108. We also welcome patients from Mount Vernon, Iowa City, Hiawatha, and all nearby communities.