At Jackson’s Dental Center, our goal is to provide you with total mouth health. It’s best for you to keep your natural teeth. There are many procedures that can help save a compromised tooth, including root canals, and crowns and fillings. However, there are times when a tooth cannot be saved and extraction becomes necessary.

Why Do I Need an Extraction?

There are numerous reasons a tooth may need extraction. Often, when patients are in pain and a restorative dentistry procedure won’t provide relief, it’s best to extract the tooth. This doesn’t mean every twinge or discomfort will result in a lost tooth. Rest assured, Dr. Jackson will discuss all of your options, including extraction, when it’s the optimum choice.

  • Wisdom Teeth- Your third molars, often referred to as wisdom teeth usually erupt in the late teens or early twenties. Many times, wisdom teeth are misaligned causing problems such as crowding and damage to adjacent teeth, the jawbone, and nerves. It’s often best to extract wisdom teeth to prevent future problems.
  • Overcrowding- Patients with small jaws, or those undergoing orthodontic treatment, may need extractions to help relieve overcrowding. When teeth are packed too closely together, food can become trapped allowing bacteria to flourish and inviting gum disease. Extraction allows teeth to meet properly for a healthier mouth.
  • Severe Decay- We do all we can to treat teeth affected by decay with a conservative approach such as fillings or root canals. However, with badly decayed teeth extraction is necessary. This stops decay from spreading to the surrounding soft tissues potentially saving adjacent teeth.
  • Gum Disease- Periodontitis, also called gum disease, is a chronic infection of the gums surrounding teeth. When left untreated, the gum tissue separates from the tooth and bacteria invade. Teeth may become loose as the disease advances making extraction necessary.

With regular dental visits, Dr. Jackson can spot small complications before the grow into larger problems. Contact our Atlanta general dentistry office today for your appointment. Our experienced team will provide a thorough exam and help you understand your options for treatment, including extraction and other restorative dentistry procedures.

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