Many patients who experience tooth decay or damage are able to have their condition treated by their general dentist with a crown, filling, or root canal. Unfortunately, when the damage is too extensive for treatment, the tooth must be removed. If the tooth removal case is complex or the patient has a history of severe gum disease or health problems, a general dentist will refer their patient to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for the extraction.
Why do I need my tooth removed?
There are a number of factors that may contribute to the need for tooth extraction, and the clinical problem will determine the method used for extraction. Some of the most common reasons that patients need a tooth removed include the following:
Loosening of the tooth
Many patients who develop periodontal disease, an infection of the tissues and bone surrounding the teeth, experience loosening of their adult teeth. If this is the case, the tooth is too unstable to remain functioning in the mouth, and it must be removed.
Development of Infection
When infections in the mouth, such as tooth decay, reaches the center of the tooth containing nerves and blood vessels, it may make the tooth incurable through Root Canal Therapy or antibiotics. Patients who have undergone chemotherapy or organ transplants are at an increased risk for infection because their immune system has been compromised.
Many young patients experience dental crowding which requires tooth extraction. The cause of this crowding may be attributed to baby teeth not falling out in time for adult teeth to grow in, preparation of the mouth for orthodontia, and the presence of extra teeth. All of these will prevent the healthy, normal teeth from growing properly.
If you are referred to Dr. Marashi or Dr. Haghighi to have a tooth or multiple teeth extracted, he will first perform an oral examination of the mouth and jaws to determine the best method for tooth removal. Additional X-rays or 3D scanning may be required and can be completed at either of our office locations. Your oral health, age, and the tooth’s relationships to other areas of the mouth, such as other teeth, the nerves, or sinus, will all be taken into consideration when formulating the plan for removal.
If you are in need of a tooth extraction, we encourage you to contact either of our office locations in Charlotte, NC, or our office in Fort Mill, SC. Our friendly office staff is happy to assist you in scheduling an initial consultation and our highly qualified surgical staff will ensure that you are comfortable and informed throughout the entire process. Find out if general extraction is right for you.