Your mouth and your smile are an important part of your life. You want your dental health to be the best it can, but sometimes problems arise that require a visit to the dentist. As a cosmetic dentist in St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Quigless performs all manner of general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry procedures to improve dental health and the aesthetic appearance of your smile.
Aside from a root canal of yesteryear, the most dreaded dental office procedure is the tooth extraction. While not pleasant, it may be a necessary option to improve your dental health. Dr. Quigless will conduct a thorough evaluation of your entire dental situation to ensure tooth extractions are truly necessary.
Reasons for Tooth Extraction
There are many reasons Dr. Quigless may decide one or more tooth extractions are necessary for your dental health. Some of the reasons may fall under general dentistry concerns, while other reasons may be considered for cosmetic improvements to your smile.
Some of the medical reasons for tooth extraction may include:
- Irreparable decay
- Broken or cracked tooth
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Treatment of TMD
- Impacted wisdom teeth
In most cases, extraction will be the last resort when all other treatment options are precluded.
Cosmetic considerations may include:
- Crowded teeth
- Crooked teeth
Using the latest in dental technology, Dr. Quigless is able to determine which teeth need to be extracted to create room for the teeth in what is known as your smile line. Once the tooth extractions are made, procedures like Invisalign instant orthodontia can be used to fill in the gaps.
Treatment Options to Replace Missing Teeth
Once one or more teeth are extracted, they need to be replaced. The gaps must be filled by moving surrounding teeth to fill in the gaps using orthodontia, or with tooth replacements. Some replacement options include:
If the teeth are not replaced, the underlying bone material tends to deteriorate and adjacent teeth are subject to loss as well.
Complications of Tooth Extractions
There are two types of tooth extraction performed:
- Simple extraction can be performed on teeth that are easily accessible and can easily be moved with an extraction tool using local anesthesia.
- Surgical extraction is conducted on teeth that are harder to reach, impacted, or buried under a significant amount of the gums, requiring an incision.
Like other surgical procedures, tooth extractions can lead to various complications, including:
- Dry socket
Although uncomfortable, tooth extractions may be recommended for your dental health or cosmetic improvements to your smile. To find out more about your general and cosmetic dentistry treatment options, please contact St. Louis cosmetic dentist, Dr. Kirk Quigless to schedule an initial consultation.
8083 Manchester Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63144