Sometimes tooth extraction is necessary for preserving the health of teeth and improving the effectiveness of braces. Extraction is a surgical procedure that removes the crowns and roots of teeth. This may be necessary to create room in the mouth for teeth to move or to facilitate the tooth transition process in adolescence. Orthodontics is a dental specialty and our team takes a comprehensive approach when providing treatment. Our orthodontists will work with your dentist and an oral surgeon, if necessary, to provide the best treatment possible for your unique needs.
Why is tooth extraction necessary in some cases?
Most patients require an extraction during the period of tooth transition or during early adulthood when wisdom teeth begin to erupt. Tooth transition is the time when adult teeth replace deciduous (baby) teeth. Sometimes, baby teeth do not come out as fast as they should and adult teeth become impacted in the gums because there is not enough room for them to come in. To help facilitate the process of adult teeth replacing baby teeth, the baby tooth is extracted prior to receiving braces.
If a patient is receiving braces during adulthood, wisdom teeth often need to be removed. Wisdom teeth are third molars that come through the gums much later in life than other adult teeth. These teeth are very problematic to oral health because they tend to become abscessed. They can also shift teeth to unhealthy positions when they come in.
Are there other benefits to orthodontics besides an improved appearance?
While most people normally associate braces with a straight smile, there are also oral health advantages to having properly aligned teeth. Properly spaced and aligned teeth are easier to clean than crowded and overlapped teeth. This means that patients with straight teeth have lower risks for developing gum disease and tooth decay.
If you are interested in receiving braces, we invite you to schedule a consultation with one of our orthodontists. Call our friendly team today to reserve your appointment.