Tooth extractions aren't as common as they used to be, but there are certain instances where they're still used. Dr. Wayne Walcott and Dr. Brett Walcott, your dentists in Ann Arbor, MI, list a few of the reasons you might need a tooth extracted, or pulled, and what can be done afterward to replace it.
If a tooth - or several teeth - are so damaged by decay that fillings, crowns or root canals are impossible, your Ann Arbor dentist may recommend extractions to stop pain, infection and other problems.
Major crowding of the teeth may make application of braces difficult or impossible. Extractions of teeth, most often molars, can help make room for the other teeth to straighten out. After your Ann Arbor dentist puts the braces on, the remaining teeth fill in the empty spaces as they move into the guided position.
The third molars, better known as wisdom teeth, cause problems for many of Dr. Walcott's patients due to their size and their tendency to grow in crookedly or unevenly. To avoid infection and prevent alignment problems, wisdom teeth are commonly extracted.
Replacing an extracted tooth
After an extraction, your Ann Arbor dentist will discuss restoration options with you, including dentures, crowns and bridges, or dental implants. Replacing extracted teeth not only makes your smile look better, it also protects the health of your remaining teeth by restoring the stability that the missing tooth provided prior to being removed.
If you think you need a tooth extraction, an evaluation from Dr. Wayne Walcott or Dr. Brett Walcott, your Ann Arbor, MI dentists, is the first step. Contact Walcott Dental to set up an appointment today!