You may think of an extraction as something we always suggest as a last resort. True, we do recommend a dental extraction to protect your oral health when your tooth is in a severe state – whether your tooth is significantly damaged or infected, removing it is often your best solution. However, there are times when we may remove a tooth that is healthy on its own but that may cause problems if left in place. On many occasions, patients suffering from overcrowding may need to shed a tooth or two in preparation for braces. Fortunately, this sets the stage for a beautifully aligned smile.
What Is Overcrowding?
If your teeth are not aligned correctly then your top and bottom teeth do not fit together comfortably or effectively when you bite down. In addition to resulting in a smile that you may not find esthetically pleasing, you may also find that you deal with daily discomfort or difficulty chewing. We call alignment concerns “misalignment” or “malocclusions.” Overcrowding is a type of misalignment that occurs when you simply have too little space to accommodate your teeth. Teeth usually overlap as a result.
Why Do I Need An Extraction?
You may need a dental extraction to create more room for the teeth in your smile. Rest assured, this is often the first in a series of steps tailored to improving your overcrowded smile. In many cases, before you can receive braces or other orthodontic care, your orthodontist will first suggest a dental extraction (or multiple extractions).
What Are The Benefits?
Agreeing to a dental extraction and subsequent orthodontic care may result in a smile that is much more comfortable, functional, and beautiful. Aligning your smile will offer much easier daily dental hygiene and protection against problems caused by misalignment, such as TMJ disorder or bruxism.
ABOUT YOUR TYLER, TX, DENTISTS:
At DentaCare Dental in Tyler, TX, we focus on advanced technology, education, and comfort to offer every patient a pleasant experience and excellent dental care. To schedule a consultation, call our Tyler, TX, office today at (903) 593-3333. For optimal convenience, we also serve patients at our other location in Longview, TX.