Aaron M. Schertzer DDS PC

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Saint Louis, Missouri 63129
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By Advanced Dental Arts
January 19, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth extractions  

Find out if your smile could actually benefit from getting a tooth extracted.

In most cases, the longer you can keep your natural teeth the better. After all, nothing is as strong and durable as a real tooth. Of course, tooth extractionsthere are some specific situations in which having a tooth removed might actually benefit rather than hurt your smile. Our Oakville, MO, dentist, Dr. Aaron Schertzer, will only recommend a tooth extraction when absolutely necessary. Here are the issues that constitute this procedure:

You Have a Seriously Damaged Tooth

Whether from decay or trauma, there are many reasons a tooth can become damaged. While in many cases, a dental filling or a crown is often all that’s needed, if the tooth is too damaged or infected to be saved then our Oakville general dentist will need to remove it. After the tooth has been removed we can talk to you about options like bridges or implants for replacing your missing tooth.

You Have Severe Gum Disease

Gum disease is a silent killer and if you don’t keep up with your six-month dental cleanings then you may not know that you have gum disease until it’s too late. Infected pockets begin to form in the gums, causing the gums to pull away from teeth. Over time, teeth become loose. If you don’t seek treatment right away we may not be able to reattach the gums to your teeth and may need to remove loose teeth.

You Have Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Most adults, at one point or another, will need to have their wisdom teeth removed. Since wisdom teeth are often impacted, meaning that they never fully erupt through the gums, this can lead to decay, infection or damage to neighboring teeth. To prevent these issues our Oakville restorative dentist will recommend removing this third set of molars.

You Need Braces

While this isn’t a common practice, there are some instances in which crowding is so bad that in order to free up enough space in the mouth for braces to work effectively we will need to remove a tooth beforehand.

Whether you have questions about an upcoming procedure or you are dealing with one of the issues above and want to find out whether an extraction is necessary, turn to the caring dental experts at Advanced Dental Arts in Oakville, MO, to answer your questions and give you the care you deserve.