What To Do When A Tooth Can’t Be Saved

We don’t want you to lose any of your teeth, and we have several services and procedures to preserve teeth that have been damaged in some way.
Dental fillings, crowns, and root canal treatments are some of the ways we work to preserve teeth every day.
In spite of that, we know that sometimes we have to remove teeth in order to prevent bigger oral health issues from arising. That’s why we offer tooth extractions at our dentist office for our patients in Salem, OR, in Independence, and anywhere in between.
As our name suggests, at Oregon Smile Care Center, we want to protect your smile. Sometimes in order to do that, we need to take something away.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth pose a problem for millions of people every year. By some estimates, 80 percent of people are better off having their wisdom teeth removed to save them from further complications down the road.
Wisdom teeth are what we call our third set of molars. Around age 13, most people have their permanent teeth. This is part of why orthodontic treatments start around this time.
Most people will get their wisdom teeth in their late teens or early 20s. Scientists have a couple hypotheses about why this may be, but the main thing we are concerned with is whether your wisdom teeth have enough room to erupt correctly.
If your jaw is large enough, your wisdom teeth can emerge in the back of your mouth without any problems.
As we noted earlier, that’s is a rare occurrence. Part of the reason we encourage patients to visit us twice a year is so we can watch for changes in the alignment of their teeth. This includes watching for the emergence of their wisdom teeth, which may first appear on X-rays.
We will be watching to see if your wisdom teeth could become or already are impacted. Impacted teeth cannot erupt correctly. As a result, they may press into your existing teeth. They can grow in a way that could injure nerves, and they can open your mouth to infections.
All of these are good reason to remove your wisdom teeth. By doing so, you are most likely saving yourself from a lifetime of oral health issues.
Other Reasons To Extract Teeth
Other teeth can become impacted as well, but that is just one reason you may want to consider having them removed.
Gum disease actually causes more tooth loss than anything else in the United States. In its advanced stages, periodontal disease can cause your gum tissue to separate from your teeth and the disease may attack the bone holding the roots of your teeth in place.
Depending on how long you have allowed your gum disease to progress, it may be necessary to remove teeth as part of your treatment.
Tooth decay can lead to problems as well. A cavity that eats into the innermost parts of your tooth can cause an infection. Unfortunately, many people wait too long to get this treated.
If you visit us early, we may be able to stop the decay and give you a filling. Even if the infection gets into your pulp chamber, we will try to save your tooth with a root canal treatment. However, if the tooth is too damaged, then removing it may be the safest long-term option.
We always want to protect and preserve teeth when we can, but we also recognize that removal is sometimes the best choice.
Replacing Teeth
With the exception of wisdom teeth, we will recommend that you replace any tooth that has become lost or missing or has been removed.
The best way to do that is by getting a dental implant and a dental crown. If you need to replace a more than one tooth, then we would recommend implants and a dental bridge.
Implants replace the roots of your missing teeth. They provide a firm foundation to support the replacements for the natural crowns of your lost teeth.
By replacing your missing teeth, you can protect your jaw and restore your smile at the same time.
Let Us Look At Your Mouth
A big reason that we encourage our patients to visit Oregon Smile Care Center for routine cleanings and examinations is so we can catch problems early. Many times, this makes tooth removal unnecessary.
If you are having pain or other oral health problems, please contact our Salem, OR, dentist office right away. You can make an appointment by filling out our online form or by calling (503) 809-4784.

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