It is vital to have healthy teeth to speak and chew food properly. Sometimes damaged teeth can be restored through root canals, fillings, or crowns. If the damage to a tooth is too extensive, you may need to have the tooth (or multiple teeth) removed and often will be referred to our surgeons to have the procedure performed. We will examine every possibility for restoring a natural tooth before an extraction, but we also want to provide the best options to you for tooth replacement.
The following conditions can contribute to a tooth (or multiple teeth) needing extraction:
Dental Crowding: This can occur when there are extra teeth or when the jaw bone is too small to accommodate the teeth. Sometimes dental crowding occurs if adult teeth are beginning to grow in before the corresponding baby teeth fall out.
Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Gum disease is still one of the most common causes of tooth loss. Gum disease affects tissue around the tooth and the bone beneath the gum line. Gum disease causes tooth loosening, so they typically need to be removed.
Cavities/Dental Caries: Patients with excessive tooth decay may see a spread of decay into the center of the tooth or below the gum. If the damage to the tooth is extensive and is no longer a candidate for root canal therapy, then the tooth must be removed. This prevents infection within the tooth from spreading to adjacent tissues/bone.
How do I know if I need a tooth removed?
When you are a patient at Coastal Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, you receive a thorough oral examination and X-ray evaluation of the mouth to determine teeth that are at risk. We consider a variety of factors before determining the best method for tooth removal and making an anesthetic recommendation. Some of these considerations include gum disease, age, the tooth’s relationship to other teeth, structures in the mouth, the presence of infection, and your personal preferences for treatment.
If you think you may be in need of a tooth extraction or have been recommended for a tooth extraction procedure, feel free to contact one of our two office locations in Santa Maria or Arroyo Grande, CA. Our front desk staff is happy to help you schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Goldberg or Dr. Pitrowski for your initial consultation.