Your teeth are designed to last a lifetime. However, life rarely goes as planned. Between accidents, infections, and more, your natural teeth may need to be extracted. Dr. Rogers and the whole team at our White Rock/South Surrey, BC dental office will always exhaust all other options before recommending a tooth extraction. However, there are times when that is the only way to keep you healthy and pain-free. Call our dental office to schedule your tooth extraction and tooth removal White Rock, BC area appointment with Dr. Rogers.
When a Tooth Needs to Come Out
There are several reasons a tooth might need to be extracted. Wisdom teeth often cause problems and need to be removed. If a cavity grows too big, there might not be enough healthy enamel left for even a porcelain dental crown. The dental pulp inside your teeth can get infected, and if not treated soon enough with a root canal treatment, the tooth may die and need to be removed. Gum disease can make your teeth fall out, so sometimes it’s better to remove a very loose one so it’s safely taken care of. Last, teeth that are severely damaged may need to be removed.
Removing Wisdom Teeth as Preventive Measure
Your third molars are nicknamed “wisdom” teeth because they come in much later, supposedly when you are older and wiser. Because they come in so late, they usually cause problems. Often, they will come in partially under your second molars. This can push your whole smile out of alignment. Plus, the wisdom teeth coming in can rub up against the nearby teeth and wear the enamel. Food can also get trapped in and around the third molars. Even if your wisdom teeth come in without a problem, they’re so far back that it’s hard to keep them clean.
Wisdom teeth don’t have to get removed, but most cause enough problems that a tooth extraction is usually the best option.
Keep Your Teeth Forever
When it comes to your wisdom teeth, there’s not a lot you can do to prevent an extraction. However, dental hygiene and safety are great ways to keep your natural teeth. Since teeth may need to be removed because of infections and cavities, you can fight the bacteria behind both by brushing, flossing, and visiting our White Rock/South Surrey, BC dental office every six months. You also need to be safe with your teeth. Don’t use them to open packages or hold anything.
Tooth Extraction: How the Procedure Works
First, Dr. Rogers will make sure there are no other dental treatments to save your tooth. If nothing else will work, then you’ll receive a local anaesthetic to make sure the process is comfortable for you. Special dental tools are used to gently loosen the tooth from its socket. Finally, Dr. Rogers will carefully remove the problem tooth. If a given situation is overly complex, Dr. Rogers will refer you to a local, trusted specialist to perform the procedure.
Call us today at 604-635-1695 ext 1 or use our convenient online form for your next appointment for a tooth extraction. New patients can always receive a free initial consultation. The free consultation is your chance to meet with Dr. Rogers and his team for a brief visual exam and evaluation. This initial visit will not include X-rays, diagnostic tests, or a teeth cleaning, but we can take care of those things at your next appointment.