Dental Extractions in Taylorsville, UT

Naisbitt Family Dentistry

Dental Extractions in Taylorsville, UT | Naisbitt Family Dentistry

Although permanent teeth were meant to last a lifetime, there are a number of reasons why tooth extraction may be needed. A very common reason involves a tooth that is too badly damaged, from trauma or decay, to be repaired. Other reasons include:

A crowded mouth

Sometimes dentists pull teeth to prepare the mouth for orthodontia. The goal of orthodontia is to properly align the teeth, which may not be possible if your teeth are too big for your mouth. Likewise, if a tooth cannot break through the gum because there is not room in the mouth for it, your dentist may recommend pulling it.

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If tooth decay or damage extends to the pulp -- the center of the tooth containing nerves and blood vessels -- bacteria in the mouth can enter the pulp, leading to infection. Often this can be corrected with root canal therapy (RCT), but if the infection is so severe that antibiotics or RCT do not cure it, extraction may be needed to prevent the spread of infection.

Risk of infection

If your immune system is compromised (for example, if you are receiving chemotherapy or are having an organ transplant), even the risk of infection in a particular tooth may be reason enough to pull the tooth.

Periodontal Disease

If periodontal disease -- an infection of the tissues and bones that surround and support the teeth -- have caused loosening of the teeth, it may be necessary to the pull the tooth or teeth.

Is Wisdom Tooth Removal Necessary?

It seems that removing wisdom teeth has become a rite of passage into adulthood, but is it always necessary to remove them? The answer varies because each case is different. While it is true that extracting wisdom teeth can prevent dental problems, both now and later, only after assessing the growth, position and impact on surrounding teeth can we decide whether itís best to remove them.

We recommend removing wisdom teeth when:

  • They cause gum problems
  • Their growth can cause damage to neighboring teeth
  • The position of the tooth hinders jaw movement or affects chewing function
  • Itís clear they wonít fully erupt and they are either: (1) moving in the direction of neighboring tooth roots or (2) will never come into contact with an opposing tooth

At Naisbitt Family Dentistry, we have dealt with our fair share of wisdom tooth extractions! Our knowledgeable and skilled team handles these procedures with both precision and care, achieving a more comfortable experience for the patient. For patients that require extraction for advanced tooth decay, please refer to our dental implant options as well!

We are proud of our commitment to preventive care and healthy smiles! Using only the most current techniques and technologies, we have grown a reputable practice built on excellence. Our valued patients have been a part of our family for years, so we invite you to make an appointment today and discover your new favorite dentist!