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Once our permanent teeth grow in, we just assume we will have them for life—however, there are certain injuries and problems that can occur over time that may require our San Diego dentists, Dr. Daniel Stevens, Dr. Christina Tsang, and Dr. Vahid Tabibzadeh, to remove one or more of your teeth. Here are the most common reasons why a tooth extraction is performed:
While there is a lot our dentists can do to save a damaged tooth, sometimes if the damage is extensive enough, a tooth may be beyond repair. This usually occurs when decay has entered the inside of the tooth and infected the dental pulp. If the infection isn’t caught and treated with root canal therapy, it will continue to spread and create a detrimental effect on your oral health. In this case, the only way to stop the infection from spreading is to extract the tooth.
Severe Gum Disease
Gum disease is a serious problem. In fact, according to numbers from the CDC, this condition affects as many as half of all American adults, and is one of the leading causes of tooth loss the country.
Visiting your dentist every six months for routine cleanings and checkups, as well as daily brushing and flossing, are key to both gum disease prevention and catching the disease before it causes loose teeth and other long-term problems.
Impacted teeth are teeth that aren’t able to fully erupt through the gums. Wisdom teeth are the most common offender, as our jaws are often not large enough to accommodate this third set of molars. When wisdom teeth only partially emerge, this leaves an opening in the gums for bacteria to enter.
This opening in the gums can increase your risk of infection and other issues. More often than not, your dentist will recommend getting your wisdom teeth removed in order to prevent further issues with your smile.
Concerned? Call our San Diego Office Today
If you are dealing with a damaged tooth or if your wisdom teeth are starting to come in, it’s important that you have a dentist that you can turn to for care when you need it most. Turn to the expert and compassionate dental team at Omni Dental in San Diego, CA, by calling 619-224-5000.
Chances are that most of the adults you meet will have had at least one, if not all of their wisdom teeth extracted. An estimated 85% of American adults eventually have their wisdom teeth removed, typically in the early to mid-20s (although they usually begin to erupt in the late teens). Wisdom teeth are the last set of adult molars, and are often impacted, which means there is not enough room for them to fully erupt. They may grow at an odd angle, become stuck under the gums, or even become infected, which is why extraction is so common. The dentists at Omni Dental in San Diego, CA, recommend that teenagers and young adults in particular schedule a dental exam every six months (the American Dental Association recommendation for all adults) in order to monitor the progress of their wisdom teeth as they begin to develop and erupt.
Wisdom Teeth Evaluation and Extraction in San Diego, CA
So how do you know if you're one of the roughly 85%? Many people experience pain and discomfort as their wisdom teeth begin to erupt, but some people don't experience any symptoms at all. If the teeth have enough room to fully erupt and can be properly cleaned when you brush and floss, the dentist may determine that you do not need to have them extracted. However, if they do not have enough room to fully erupt, they can cause other oral health problems like crowding, which affects your bite and alignment, or tooth decay and gum disease if they trap bacteria.
Find a Dentist in San Diego, CA
The only way to know if you need to have your wisdom teeth extracted is through a dental exam. If you are experiencing pain or signs of an infection, contact Omni Dental by calling (619) 224-5000 to schedule an appointment with a dentist in San Diego today.