Tooth extractions are one of the most common procedures for patients in Phoenix. Anticipating the procedure can cause fear or nervousness, but it is important to your future oral health to follow through with the procedure. At Oral and Facial Surgeons of Arizona, we are experts in the field and routinely perform successful tooth extractions. With two offices in the Phoenix Metro area to choose from, comfortable tooth extractions have never been more convenient.
Reasons for Tooth Extractions
Although permanent teeth were meant to last your lifetime, there are several reasons why tooth extractions may be necessary. A very common reason involves a tooth that is too badly damaged by decay or trauma to be repaired. Other reasons include:
- Crowded mouth: Sometimes tooth extractions are required to prepare the mouth for orthodontia. The goal of orthodontia is to properly align your teeth, which may not be possible if your teeth are too large for your mouth.
- Risk of infection: If your immune system is compromised, even the risk of infection in a particular tooth may be reason enough to pull it.
- Infection: If tooth decay or damage extends to the pulp, bacteria in the mouth can enter the pulp and lead to infection. Often this can be corrected with root canal therapy, but if the infection is so severe that antibiotics or root canal therapy do not cure it, extraction may be necessary to prevent the spread of infection.
- Periodontal disease: If an infection of the tissues and bones that surround and support the teeth is present and have caused the teeth to loosen, it may be necessary to pull the tooth or teeth.
Options After Tooth Extractions
Patients have various treatment options when it comes to tooth replacement. A single missing tooth may be treated with a fixed permanent bridge while the removal of an entire arch of teeth necessitates an upper or lower denture. Dental implants are tremendously beneficial to patients who have experienced tooth loss, whether it is a single tooth or an entire arc. A fixed permanent bridge needs to have crowns on neighboring teeth to support the artificial crown.
Here at Oral and Facial Surgeons of Arizona, our compassionate team understands that highly skilled expertise and industry knowledge are important for successful tooth extractions. Contact us to schedule a consultation or for more questions about the procedure.