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Why Might I need a Tooth Extraction?

Extractions in Greenwood

While many of us may need to have our wisdom teeth extracted because of pain and problems associated with them coming in, there are many other reasons why a patient may need to visit Dr. Christopher Griffin in Greenwood in order to have a tooth extracted.

Many times, teeth may need to be extracted because of infection or severe decay. Dr. Griffin will first examine the tooth to determine if root canal therapy will assist in keeping the natural tooth. Root canal therapy involves removing the inner portion of the tooth called the dental pulp, which holds the nerves of the tooth and helps lead in the blood supply. Once this is removed, the inside of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected, then filled and topped with a dental crown. If the infection or decay is more than a root canal can address, an extraction may be necessary.

Other times, teeth are removed because they are crowding the rest of the teeth in the arch. This may be done when patients are about to undergo orthodontic treatment. Teeth may need to be removed in order to avoid overcrowding and to allow for space for the rest of the teeth to be repositioned with the use of traditional orthodontics or other orthodontic treatments. By providing room for the rest of the teeth, an orthodontist then has more space to reposition the teeth within the arch.

Additionally, a tooth may be removed if it has been traumatized. This trauma may result in a tooth being severely cracked, chipped, or broken past the point of placing a dental crown. Dental crowns can be used to protect broken teeth, but only under certain circumstances. Extractions may be necessary if the teeth are badly damaged.

If you think you may need an extraction, it is important that you get a professional opinion. Dr. Griffin can examine you and determine if a tooth extraction is necessary, or if there are alternative ways to address the problem and save the natural tooth. Call Dr. Griffin in Greenwood today to schedule a consultation appointment.

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