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Is It Time to Consider Extraction?

May 29, 2018
Posted By: Dr. Christopher Takacs
Patient Considering A Procedure | Extractions In Ocean City MD

The last news that you want to receive is that you need a tooth extraction. However, some situations might require the removal of your tooth to protect your oral health. Here are some of the cases which might warrant dental extractions in Ocean City, MD.

Wisdom Teeth

The recommendation to remove third molars is a prevalent one and typically comes around the ages of 18 to 25 years old. Wisdom teeth should be removed if:

  • They are crowding your other teeth and causing shifting
  • You can't reach them to brush and floss them properly
  • They are stuck beneath the gum line, or impacted - this can result in an infection
  • They have come in at odd angles that negatively affect the neighboring teeth

Periodontal Disease

The advanced stage of periodontal disease is known as periodontitis, and it is in this stage that much of the damage to your teeth has occurred. Because gum disease destroys your gum tissue and bone, which are essentially the support systems for your teeth, it often results in tooth loss.

Severe Decay

If you have a tooth that has sustained large amounts of decay, it is likely that your tooth is infected and you are in pain. When decay reaches the nerve inside your tooth, it can be excruciating. This is the time to reach out to your dentist as root canal therapy may be able to preserve your tooth. If the decay is left untreated, it will progress to the point where your tooth will need to be removed.

Orthodontic Treatment

For patients with extremely crowded teeth, tooth extractions may be recommended to make their orthodontic treatment more efficient and effective.

If you need a tooth extracted, we encourage you to contact Atlantic Dental to learn more about how we can help you. Our goal is to make your experience as pleasant and pain-free as possible.

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