Protect Your Smile with Tooth Extraction
While we will do everything in our power to save a compromised tooth, such as root canal therapy, tooth extraction may at times be necessary to preserve your oral health. Often, a tooth that has sustained severe damage from dental trauma or decay may be beyond repair and require extraction. This procedure may also be appropriate prior to orthodontia, if an overcrowded bite jeopardizes the success of your treatment. At Kellyn Hodges Orthodontics, we work with a team of reputable oral surgeons to provide convenient, collaborative care for our patients in Bala Cynwyd and Philadelphia, PA. By coordinating all aspects of your dental treatment, we can ensure that you receive safe and comprehensive services.
Reasons Why an Extraction Is Necessary
For patients with a compromised smile, tooth removal may be the best option to protect your longterm oral health. We may recommend extraction for several reasons, including:
- Extensive decay or dental infection
- Dental damage due to trauma
- Gum Disease
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Stubborn baby teeth
If left untreated, these conditions can impact adjacent teeth and gums, causing more widespread issues. By removing compromised teeth, we can help to preserve dental form and function and save you from costly restorative treatments in the future.
Tooth Extraction Prior to Orthodontic Treatment
When patients have an overcrowded bite, tooth extraction may be the best way to ensure that there is enough space in your smile for teeth to move into proper alignment. We may recommend tooth extraction for patients receiving orthodontic treatments such as:
We will typically remove the wisdom teeth first. However, if this procedure does not create sufficient space, we can also extract the bicuspids.
The Extraction Process
Dr. Hodges and her team can first conduct a thorough examination of your smile and take x-rays to determine if extraction is necessary. She can evaluate the position of teeth in the jaw and use this information to plan an extraction strategy. Depending upon your needs, we can perform both simple and complex extractions.
At Kellyn Hodges Orthodontics, our team can provide comprehensive care at every stage of treatment.
During a simple extraction, your oral surgeon will provide an anesthetic before gently loosening the tooth and removing it from the socket. Complex, or surgical extractions, are required when your tooth is broken or has not fully erupted. In these cases, your doctor can make an incision in the gums to gain access to the tooth. We can then remove any soft or hard tissue resting above the tooth. To ensure minimal impact on surrounding healthy tissue, we may remove the tooth in sections. After extracting the tooth, we can close the incision with sutures. Dental implants or another type of restorative dentistry may be recommended once healing is complete.
After surgery, you may experience mild pain, swelling, or bleeding. However, these minor side effects should subside within a few hours to a few days. Patients can generally manage any discomfort during this period with over-the-counter pain medication and can typically return to work the next day. If you experience continued bleeding or excessive pain, you should contact your doctor. We can generally begin orthodontic treatment about one to two weeks following the procedure.
Comprehensive Orthodontic Care
At Kellyn Hodges Orthodontics, our team can provide comprehensive care at every stage of treatment. For your convenience, we can coordinate all aspects of your procedure to ensure optimal results. To schedule your free consultation, contact us online or call (215) 245-5100.