The practice of tooth removal as a precursor to orthodontic treatment has been the source of lengthy conversation within the dental field. Orthodontics is designed to straighten teeth, but if your mouth is overcrowded, orthodontics alone will not do the trick. Prior to receiving braces or undergoing Invisalign treatments, dental extractions may be recommended. By removing teeth, we can reduce crowding and achieve the best possible results from your orthodontic treatment. Common reasons to extract teeth are as followed.
Crowding becomes apparent when there are too many teeth for the size of a patient’s dental arch. Extracting specific teeth is a common method to gain more space in the arch, allowing remaining teeth to move into the correct alignment. This method is also common when there is not enough room in a patient’s jaw for teeth to erupt.
Supernumerary teeth are extra teeth that appear in addition to the regular number of teeth. These teeth can cause impaction, meaning other regular teeth cannot erupt. This can appear in any area of a patient’s mouth and there can be single or multiple, depending on the patient.
This is one of the most common extractions. Some patients dental arches simply do not have enough room for their wisdom teeth to erupt or due to the small amount of room, the teeth erupt in a crooked position. This can be harmful to surrounding teeth or cause problems with a patient’s bite. In some cases, wisdom teeth extractions may be recommended to facilitate braces. Depending on the patient’s treatment plan, extractions could be done before, during or after orthodontic treatment.
Making Room For Your Perfect Smile
We understand that the decision to extract a tooth is not one to be taken lightly. We carefully examine dental models, x-rays, photos, and jaw structure to determine the best way to create your beautiful new smile. By considering all treatment options, we find the one that will most efficiently give you the best results in optimal treatment time.
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