When a tooth experiences decay or damage, crowns, root canals, or fillings can be utilized to restore the tooth to its original function. But in some cases, the damage to the tooth is too severe, and the patient may be referred to an oral surgeon to have the tooth or teeth removed from the mouth. The oral surgery team at Fort Lauderdale Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery works hard to examine every possibility of restoring a natural tooth before extracting a tooth. If an extraction is necessary, we will provide the best options for tooth replacement, including dental implants.
The following conditions in the mouth can contribute to dental extractions:
- Dental Crowding. In some cases, an extraction is necessary when the jaw bone is too small to accommodate all of the teeth. Due to the lack of space, the teeth in the mouth become crowded and must be extracted. In some situations, patients develop an extra tooth or teeth, resulting in significant crowding. Crowding may also occur if adult teeth are growing in before their corresponding baby teeth have fallen out.
- Periodontal (Gum) Disease. Periodontal or gum disease is one of the most common causes of tooth loss. It affects both the tissues around the tooth and the bones beneath the gums. This causes tooth loosening and the need for extraction.
- Dental Decay. In addition to the common side effects of periodontal disease, advanced dental decay is a major cause of tooth loss. For instance, if a cavity is not treated, the decay can invade the nerves and blood supply of the teeth resulting in significant pain and a high possibility of infection. These types of infections are very serious and can potentially be life-threatening. In most situations, treatment involves the extraction of the infected teeth, antibiotic therapy, and possibly, surgical procedures to drain infections.
How do I know if I need a tooth removed?
Dr. Roland Hernandez will perform a thorough oral examination of the tooth or teeth that are at risk and complete an x-ray evaluation to determine a course of treatment. He will take a variety of factors into consideration when determining the best method for tooth removal, including your age, medical history, oral health, the presence of gum disease, the tooth’s relationship to other teeth and structures in the mouth, and your personal preferences. After all considerations, he will also provide you with options for tooth replacement, such as dental implants, which can often be placed at the same time that the tooth is extracted.
If you think you may be in need of a tooth extraction, we encourage you to contact our office in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Our friendly front-desk staff is happy to help you schedule an initial consultation to meet with Dr. Hernandez. It is our primary goal to restore your oral health and provide you with the best and most natural option for replacing missing teeth.