The Family Dental Center of Waterford now a part of The Lavender Dental Group

Extractions & Wisdom Teeth

Sometimes removing a tooth is the best way to improve your dental health. We offer extractions for wisdom teeth and other teeth that need to be removed in order to give you a painless, healthy smile.

Why Would a Tooth Need to be Extracted?

There are two kinds of teeth that your dentist might extract: permanent teeth and wisdom teeth. These two kinds of teeth will be removed for different reasons.

Permanent Teeth

We will always do everything in our power to help you keep your natural teeth. We only remove permanent teeth when we know doing so will be better for your health as a whole.

Infection | One of the most common reasons to extract a tooth is infection. If a tooth is too severely infected for a filling or root canal to be effective, an extraction is the best way to make sure this infection doesn’t spread to neighboring teeth. In cases like this, an extraction will also stop tooth pain almost immediately!

Overcrowding | Another reason is overcrowding—especially for patients seeking orthodontic treatment. If you have teeth that have come in too close together in one part of your mouth, we may need to remove one of those teeth to allow the others to straighten out more evenly.

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth often erupt when a patient is in their teens or early twenties. In the majority of cases, it’s important to remove these wisdom teeth before they have time to erupt at all!

Once wisdom teeth begin to erupt, they can cause a lot of problems for your natural teeth. There often isn’t enough room in the jaw for these teeth, which means your teeth can quickly become impacted and overcrowded.

Impacted, overcrowded teeth are painful and can ruin your natural bite by pushing your healthier teeth out of the way and into wrong positions. It’s much better to remove wisdom teeth before they have the chance to interfere with your dental health.

We can remove all standard wisdom teeth that have begun to erupt. If one of our patients has fully impacted wisdom teeth, we will direct them to another source to have those impacted teeth removed.

Extractions Can Eliminate Pain and Maintain a Healthy Smile

If you’re concerned about wisdom teeth or wonder whether an extraction is right for you, contact us today! We are happy to schedule appointments and answer questions.

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