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By Dwight D. Peccora, DDS on

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At Fort Bend Dental, we are fully equipped to save a damaged or diseased tooth. Unfortunately, this isn’t always possible. There are situations in which it may be necessary to extract a permanent tooth. While tooth removal may seem scary, it is really a simple procedure that can be done with minimal discomfort.

A tooth may need to be extracted when it is damaged beyond what a filling, crown or root canal can repair. Our Fort Bend dentists perform tooth extractions with advanced techniques to minimize damage to your surrounding tissues and foster a fast recovery. Our office also offers restorative dentistry to ensure your missing tooth is replaced as quickly and seamlessly as possible. For single tooth replacement, a dental implant is recommended as the most life-like and long-lasting choice.

Here are some common reasons why your dentist may suggest an extraction of your natural tooth or teeth:

Severe Tooth Decay or Gum Disease

Widespread decay within a tooth or advanced periodontitis (gum disease) can warrant immediate tooth removal. Extracting the tooth can prevent the spread of disease to the rest of your smile.

Extensive Tooth Damage or Dental Injury

Most dental-related accidents can be mended. However, if the tooth damage was large or it impacted the tooth roots, you may need to remove the injured tooth entirely and get a prosthetic tooth.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom teeth are the most common type of extraction, especially for those in their late teens to early twenties. The wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to emerge but they tend to cause more harm than good. To avoid impaction and crowding due to lack of jaw space, wisdom teeth are commonly removed proactively.

Preparing for Orthodontic Treatment

Tooth removal may be recommended if you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, such as when there is extreme crowding and your teeth need more space to align properly in your mouth.

Ready to learn more about what to expect with a tooth extraction at Fort Bend Dental, give us a call today. We proudly offer tooth removal and tooth replacement in the same appointment for certain patients.

Posted on behalf of Fort Bend Dental

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