Damaged or decaying teeth can often be restored through dental procedures such as fillings, crowns, root canals, or apicoectomy procedures, but in some cases, the damage is too severe to save the natural tooth. Sometimes extra teeth grow into the mouth, or a healthy tooth becomes impacted or puts surrounding teeth at risk for damage. Extractions are sometimes the only answer in situations like these.
Whatever your reason for considering a dental extraction, our team will exhaust every possible method of saving your tooth before resorting to removal. If extraction is the only way to preserve your oral health, your surgeon will extract your tooth efficiently and safely from the comfort of one of our surgical offices. In most cases, leaving an empty tooth socket after an extraction causes dental shifting and other oral health problems, which is why your surgeon will discuss tooth replacement options with you before removing your tooth.
Common Causes for Dental Extractions
Extensive tooth decay can spread throughout the rest of the mouth if it is not caught early. When the infection gets too deep into the roots, nerves, and blood vessels of a tooth, extraction is the only way to prevent the spreading of the infection.
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, causes advanced tooth decay. Severe cases of gum disease affect the bone beneath the gums and cause tooth loosening. When the tooth becomes too loose to be saved, an extraction becomes necessary.
When baby teeth do not fall out in time for the adult teeth to grow in, complications like tooth impaction can arise. The tooth or teeth blocking the growth path must be removed to avoid such problems.
Dental crowding (caused by extra teeth growing in or a smaller-than-average jaw) is sometimes treated by removing one or more teeth.
Tooth Extractions at Siouxland Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Our oral surgeons, Dr. Denis Miller, Dr. Louis George, and Dr. Jason Leet have years of experience extracting teeth. All four of our offices are fitted with the most advanced and safest tools available to ensure that your procedure goes as smoothly as possible. If you are in need of a dental extraction, or to learn more about your options for tooth replacement after your extraction, contact one of our offices in Sioux Falls, SD, Mitchell, SD, Yankton, SD, or Brookings, SD, to schedule an appointment today.