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By S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
November 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth extraction  

From dental crowns to root canals, there are various dental procedures for strengthening weak or damaged teeth and improving oral tooth extractionhealth. However, there are some circumstances in which it is best to extract a problem tooth rather than try preserving it. Reasons when an extraction might be necessary include severe tooth damage due to decay or trauma, overcrowding and an impacted wisdom tooth. Dr. Clint Hudson is your oral surgeon in Huntsville, AL, for tooth extraction.

Reasons for Extraction

There are several different reasons for extraction of a permanent tooth. Baby teeth might also require extraction if they do not fall out on their own. In general, permanent teeth are extracted when they cannot be restored. Extracting problem teeth prevents infection or decay from spreading to other areas of the mouth. Your Huntsville, AL, oral surgeon can advise you if extraction is necessary in your case. Reasons for extraction include:

  • Extensive tooth infection and decay that cannot be corrected via root canal therapy.
  • Overcrowding with insufficient room for your existing teeth.
  • Tooth damage or trauma due to injury.
  • An impacted wisdom tooth.

Extraction Procedure

Several steps are involved in a tooth extraction procedure. Once your Huntsville, AL, oral surgeon has confirmed extraction is necessary, the next step is to take an x-ray. The x-ray allows the oral surgeon to view the positioning of any tooth roots, as well as the health and condition of the nearby bone. Viewing these items in advance helps the oral surgeon anticipate potential complications that might arise during the extraction procedure. Local anesthesia and a sedative are typically administered to minimize pain and discomfort while the tooth is extracted.

An oral surgeon can evaluate your problem teeth and determine whether or not extraction is necessary. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hudson, your Huntsville, AL, oral surgeon, call the oral surgery office at (256) 533-1282.

By S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
October 12, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   tooth extraction  

We treat most malocclusions (bad bites) with braces or clear aligners. But not all malocclusions are alike — some can require extra procedures to achieve successful results.

One such example is when incoming teeth crowd other teeth and cause them to erupt abnormally. The crowding also reduces the space needed to move the misaligned teeth to better positions. To make more room we'll often remove some of the teeth before undertaking orthodontics.

The key is to extract the right teeth. The best candidates are those whose absence will have minimal effect on both appearance and dental function. That's commonly the bicuspids, located right on the edge of the “smile zone” (the teeth most visible when we smile) between the cuspid (eye) teeth and the back molars.

Once we choose and remove the teeth our next concern is to protect the bone at the extraction site. The bone in our jaws benefits from the pressure created when we bite or chew. This stimulates new bone cells to form and replace older cells. Without it, as when we have a missing tooth, the amount of bone can diminish over time and affect the success of any future orthodontics.

To prevent this, we take care not to damage the gums and bone removing the tooth. We may also install a graft under the empty socket to encourage bone growth.

If we've removed teeth outside the smile zone, the resulting orthodontics will move teeth into the opened space. In the end, you won't even notice they're gone. Teeth lost or congenitally missing in the smile zone, though, may eventually require a replacement tooth. A dental implant is the best choice, but it should be put on hold for a younger person until their jaw has fully developed.

In the meantime, we can install a spacer or a temporary restoration to hold the empty space and prevent other teeth from drifting into it. This can be incorporated into braces or aligners, or with a removable partial denture or a temporary modified bridge.

Extracting teeth to aid orthodontics first requires a well-laid plan that could encompass several years. The end result, though, can be well worth the time and effort — better function and a new, attractive smile.

If you would like more information on the process of straightening teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Removal for Orthodontic Reasons.”