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Teeth that are extensively decayed and missing natural tooth structure are often slotted for extraction.  Tooth decay extending into the gums or tooth nerve and large missing chipped tooth fragments are issues that need to be discussed with the dentist. I’ve even seen healthy teeth crack right down the middle. Not all teeth are financially worth saving now with the advancement of dental implants done in our office. Sometimes an implant may be the less expensive alternative to take.

Saving your natural tooth for as long as possible is well worth it if the dentist feels it can last comfortably in your mouth. Especially if you and your dentist know the root is strong. If the root is compromised a dental implant, or ‘root replacement’ should be considered. It is important to go to a dentist that can evaluate both situations and discuss it with you fully. Not all extracted teeth can be replaced with a successful implant. Your time, bone levels, comfort and finances need to be considered.

When it comes to the last tooth in the mouth ‘wisdom teeth’ are removed as preventive measures as well as to correct current problems. If the dentist sees that the tooth is already impacted or it might be problematic in the future, she will most likely recommend for it to be extracted. Even wisdom teeth that have grown in properly are subject to issues such as an infection from bacteria trapped between the tooth and jaw where it is very difficult to brush. If infections become frequent, it is generally a good idea to have the tooth removed as it can cause medical danger. If the wisdom tooth interferes with the tongue or cheek, it will need to be removed as the pain will numb or ulcerate the tissue. Ouch!  Also, anyone who has had orthodontic treatment  is recommended to have the wisdom  teeth evaluated for removal  as the addition could disrupt the alignment.

A panoramic x-ray  machine is what the dental industry currently uses for viewing wisdom teeth and diagnosing problems. Our office takes a digital  Panororamic x-ray to diagnose if your wisdom teeth need to be extracted. Age 15 is the best time for this diagnosis to be made.

Have  Dr. Debra Bachus evaluate your teeth today. Keep the healthy teeth healthy! Extract the teeth that can lead to costly health problems and further damage in your oral cavity.

Yours in good dental health,

Dr. Debra Bach

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