San Jose, CA
Not all damage is repairable, and sometimes to protect other teeth, multiple teeth may need to be removed from their socket in the jawbone to maintain optimal dental health. The process is known as tooth extraction, and though it sounds scary, it is a very common and often much-needed dental procedure. We at South Valley Oral and Facial Surgery specialize in multiple procedures, including tooth extractions of all sorts. You need not worry if your tooth is seemingly damaged beyond repair, chipped, or knocked out; we can extract it and replace it for you via multiple procedures, including dental implants. There are multiple situations in which you may need to opt for tooth extraction.
Wisdom tooth extraction is the most common tooth extraction procedure, and that's because wisdom teeth can be quite big and often come at odd angles. The average human jaw does not have the capacity to accommodate them, and thus they remain partially embedded in the gums as their growth is blocked by one structure or the other. There are only a few select scenarios in which a person may not need a wisdom tooth extraction; otherwise, almost everyone needs a wisdom tooth extraction. You may be able to avoid tooth extraction if you only have two wisdom teeth instead of four. Some people have a wide enough jaw to accommodate all, but most don't. In fact, some can't even accommodate two. However, we don't recommend a tooth extraction unless the tooth is or can damage your jaw structure or existing teeth.
Canines are the two pointy teeth that help us bite through food, especially meat fibers. They have the longest roots and the second-highest extraction rate. They are longer than the rest of your teeth and are thus highly likely to get impacted. They emerge quite late, usually around 13 years of age, and their development is critical for a fully functional set of teeth. You should pay extra attention to your child's dental care and hygiene requirements when they are developing canines. Do not skip out on the regular checkups during this period and make sure they get their x-ray taken twice every year. You don't have to worry about radiation exposure either as advancements in technology, and the use of digital radiography systems have made the process safer and more efficient.
It is always better to be safe than sorry is the general advice for all medical and dental issues. A moment of hesitation can increase the damage tenfold, and where you may have been able to curb the damage with one extraction, now you may need two or maybe more. At South Valley Oral and Facial Surgery we perform various tooth extractions for a variety of reasons. Our general rule of thumb is that it is better to let it go if it's hurting others. The damage is not always internal. Sometimes sports-related injuries and partial chipping can also become a reason for tooth extraction. South Valley Oral and Facial Surgery houses trained professionals and specialists who can extract and remove your teeth if need be.