Tooth Extractions in Mississauga
When it comes to ensuring continuous oral health, one of the best ways to maintain a high standard of oral health is by keeping all of the natural teeth in your smile. However, in some scenarios, the teeth are severely damaged and may compromise the overall health of the dentition if not removed. To help patients keep their smiles healthy and functional, the dentists at Meadowvale Dental Group offer tooth extraction as a permanent solution for impacted and severely damaged teeth.
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When Would an Extraction Be Appropriate?
The natural tooth root plays an important role in maintaining bone health, dental function, and facial aesthetics. As a result, tooth extraction is often only considered as a last resort. Some scenarios that may justify tooth extraction include:
Tooth impaction often occurs with the third molar, also known as a wisdom tooth, attempts to break through the gums. As wisdom teeth are the last teeth to develop, there is often no space in the arch to accommodate the extra molar. This causes the tooth to grow incorrectly and push against the neighboring teeth in an effort to breach the arch, threatening the alignment of the rest of other teeth in the arch. In cases where the wisdom teeth are able to emerge, the partially emerged molars often create a flap in the gums, making it difficult for patients to properly clean their teeth. As a result, untreated impactions can increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Severely Decayed Teeth
For patients that suffer from recurrent tooth infections and unsuccessful root canal therapy, extraction may be the best way to protect the health of the dentition. By leaving a damaged tooth in place, patients risk the infection spreading to surrounding teeth, potentially compromising even more of the dentition than necessary. Additionally, tooth infection can yield secondary consequences for a patient’s overall health. Recurrent infections can result in an increased likelihood that patients may risk secondary complications such as gum disease, sepsis, and spread of the infection to other organs.
Severe Periodontal Disease
In cases of severe periodontitis, the bone and connective tissue that hold the teeth in place may be extremely deteriorated, risking tooth loss and damaging the tooth roots. Restoring the dentition following gum disease treatment may require that these affected teeth are removed and replaced with dental restorations such as dental implants or implant-supported dentures.
Tooth Extractions in Meadowvale
When considering candidates for tooth extraction, our Mississauga dentists take a comprehensive look at your entire mouth. Such permanent decisions are only taken when a thorough examination has determined that extraction is the best way to preserve a patient’s overall health. For more information about tooth extraction in Mississauga, or to schedule a consultation, contact our Meadowvale dentists today.