When your tooth is broken or damaged by decay, it can sometimes be fixed with a filling, crown, or root canal. In some cases, though, the damage is too extensive for one of these procedures, and the tooth must be removed.
Other common reasons for tooth removal include the following:
- Tooth decay or bacteria can enter the center of the tooth (containing nerves and blood vessels), making the tooth incurable through root canal therapy or antibiotics.
- When baby teeth do not fall out in time for adult teeth to grow in and replace them, the teeth become crowded, and extraction is the only treatment.
- positioned teeth or extra teeth that prevent your normal teeth from growing in properly can also cause crowding.
- An infection or recession of the tissues and bone surrounding the teeth — also known as periodontal disease — may loosen adult teeth, warranting an extraction to prevent further damage.
- A tooth that is fractured or damaged below the gum line may need to be extracted if it cannot be repaired
Before scheduling your procedure, your doctor will perform a complete oral exam and take an X-ray of the area in which the tooth must be removed. Dr. Christopher Price will create a plan for the tooth removal, taking into consideration your age, the presence of gum disease, and your tooth’s relationship with other areas of the mouth, such as your sinuses, nerves, and other teeth. An extraction can be done in a single visit. During your consultation, Dr. Price will also discuss options for replacing the missing teeth, including dental implants and bone grafting, which can often be performed at the same time that the tooth is removed.
Where can I get a tooth removed in Salt Lake County?
Utah Facial & Oral Surgery in South Jordan, UT, offers various oral surgical procedures and treatments, including the extraction of teeth. Dr. Christopher Price serves the entire Salt Lake Valley.