If your dentist has advised you to get a tooth extraction or you are ready to get your wisdom teeth removed, you have come to the right place; Dr. Weber is a trained specialist in tooth extraction. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are highly trained to remove teeth quickly and easily to minimize recovery time.
Why Does My Tooth Need to be Extracted?
When teeth become damaged, break down due to trauma, or are decaying, sometimes the teeth can be restored with non-surgical treatments like a filling, root canal, or crown. When the damage is too extensive, your dentist may decide to refer you to an oral surgeon when the best course of action is to have the tooth removed. If this is the case, Dr. Weber will develop a treatment plan for extraction, taking into consideration your age, health, and the overall condition of your mouth. Most tooth extractions are performed in one surgical visit.
Some common reasons that a tooth may need to be extracted are:
Loose Teeth Caused by Oral Disease: Many patients who experience periodontal or “gum” disease may have teeth that have shifted, become loose, or are seriously infected.
Crowding: Sometimes, seemingly healthy teeth need to be removed. If a young patient still has their “baby” teeth (deciduous teeth) and it has been too long, the dentist may recommend they be removed to aid the establishment of permanent teeth. Occasionally, some people are born with too many teeth or the mouth is too small for all the teeth to fit within the jaw in a healthy, functional manner. In these instances, your dentist or orthodontist may recommend that a tooth is removed.
Infection and Decay: If a tooth is infected or decaying, it is important to have it treated in the early stages when it can be repaired with a dental filling. If the tooth is left untreated, decay continues to grow and affect the tooth, which may now require root canal therapy, a crown, or extraction.
Traumatic Event: Unfortunately, teeth may be fractured or broken due to a traumatic accident. If there isn’t viable structure remaining for a filling or crown, it may be recommended that the rest of the tooth be removed.
During your consultation, Dr. Zachary Weber will discuss your options for replacing the missing tooth or teeth. In many cases, it is possible to place a dental implant at the same time the tooth is extracted. We urge you to make an appointment at Northern Westchester Oral Surgery to learn about your options and receive treatment.