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By Advanced Dental Arts
March 08, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth extraction  

A tooth extraction could just end up benefitting your smile. Find out why.

You might not realize it but sometimes getting a tooth extraction is a good thing for your health. There are many reasons why Dr. Aaron Schertzer in St. Louis, MO, might recommend having a permanent tooth removed. While the goal should always be to save a permanent tooth whenever possible, tooth extraction might be necessary under these scenarios.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

This is the most common reason older teens and adults have to have a tooth extraction. Wisdom teeth, the third and final set of molars to come in, often don’t fully erupt through the gums or grow in straight. When this happens the wisdom tooth is more likely to damage neighboring teeth or develop decay or an infection. Fortunately, you don’t need wisdom teeth to maintain a healthy smile.

Crowding

Crowding is a common reason children and teens need to have a tooth removed, particularly before getting orthodontic treatment. While a tooth extraction won’t be required for all orthodontic situations, in cases where crowding is severe, removing one or more teeth can free up space to help braces more efficiently shift teeth into the proper position.

Severe Damage

When it comes to damage caused by decay or trauma, the goal is to save the tooth whenever possible. In most cases, teeth can be restored with a dental filling or a crown; however, there are some situations in which the health and integrity of the tooth are compromised and nothing will be able to restore or repair the tooth. When this happens, the best approach is to remove the tooth and then choose the proper restoration to replace it.

These are just some of the reasons you might need to have a tooth removed. Gum disease, an infection, and even a compromised immune system can also be factors for whether you require a tooth extraction now or in the future.

Dr. Aaron Schertzer in St. Louis, MO, offers dental extractions and more. If you are wondering whether it’s time to have a wisdom tooth extracted or if you just need to schedule your next dental cleaning, call 314-892-2120.


By Advanced Dental Arts
March 07, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canals  

Five words no one welcomes: “You need a root canal.” But if you are delaying treatment because you are worried about pain and an uncomfortable day in the dentist’s chair, please think again! Dr. Aaron Schertzer at Advanced Dental Arts in Oakville, MO, will put your concerns to rest. Modern root canal procedures are designed to repair your damaged tooth gently and efficiently and leave you with a restored natural tooth that can last a lifetime.

Why might you need a root canal?

First, a little tooth biology. Each tooth has a crown (the part we see above the gums) and one or more roots (the part of our tooth below the gum line that is attached to the bone in our jaw). The tooth has three basic layers: the hard enamel and cementum that cover the outer crown and root, the softer dentin beneath that layer, and, on the inside, the pulp. Pulp is made of living tissue and contains the blood vessels and nerves that nourish the tooth and keep it vital.

Even with the protection the enamel and dentin provide, sometimes the pulp can be infected or damaged. If you have suffered an injury to your mouth or jaw, or an infection has developed from an opening in the tooth caused by a deep cavity or crack, you may need a root canal to prevent further infection, pain, and even tooth loss. Call our office immediately if you feel pain with chewing or pressure, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, swollen, and tender gums around a tooth, or tooth discoloration.

The Root Canal Procedure

If a root canal is necessary, the procedure is very straightforward. After the area around the tooth is numbed, we will make an opening in the crown to allow access to the pulp inside. Very small instruments will be used to clean the inner tooth and remove bacteria and dead or dying tissue. The area will be thoroughly disinfected, and the inside shaped and then filled and sealed. A temporary filling or crown might be placed on the tooth to prevent bacteria and food from entering the site if a permanent crown needs to be created. The entire process usually takes from one to three visits.

If we suggest a root canal, it is because this is the best way to save your tooth. Please feel free to talk to us about your particular needs and concerns. Which tooth is affected, how many roots are involved, what type of filling or crown might be best—we will work with you to provide all the information you need and all the options you have available.

Common Concerns

Are you concerned about pain?

The most painful part of a root canal is often the severe discomfort your tooth causes before treatment. And infections and damaged nerves can affect not only the injured tooth but the gums, tissue, and even bone surrounding it. With our modern dental techniques, a root canal procedure is often no more uncomfortable than a regular filling. The local anesthetic we use will prevent you from feeling any pain during the procedure, and, while the area around your tooth might be a bit sensitive following treatment, the pain caused by the infection or injury should be gone

No one welcomes the news that a root canal is necessary, but with today’s procedures, this treatment can be just what you need to relieve your pain and keep your natural tooth where it belongs for many years to come. Contact Dr. Schertzer at Advanced Dental Arts in Oakville, MO for an appointment. Call the office today at (314) 892-2120.