Doctors Vela and Loftin offer a variety of services that keep your smile healthy, including extensive procedures like tooth extraction. Extraction is the treatment option used when all other procedures have failed or cannot be conducted safely. There are only a handful of circumstances warrant the removal of a tooth.
When a tooth experiences decay, there are a variety of available treatment options that are used before extraction is even considered. Fillings and crowns restore teeth with standard cavities. Root canal therapy helps teeth that have experienced internal decay, and retreatment by an endodontist can be arranged if infection reoccurs.
However, in some instances, a tooth continues to decay after being treated by all other options. The health of that tooth is most likely too compromised to be saved, and leaving the tooth within the smile only risks your greater oral and bodily health. A tooth that cannot avoid decay must be extracted.
Impaction is the situation where a tooth cannot fully erupt within the smile. Teeth which grow in at an angle get caught on other teeth, trapping a portion of them below the gums. This creates a space where food debris and plaque can build up on the tooth without being easily accessible for hygiene, leading to tooth decay and gum disease. Additionally, the friction between two teeth caused by impaction will wear down both of the affected teeth, making it likely that a perfectly healthy tooth will be lost because of the impacted tooth.
An impacted tooth has to be removed for the health of the smile. Our dental practice in Alice can perform some of these extractions, and we have partnered with another dentist who can help treat other impaction cases.
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to erupt within the smile. Unfortunately, this means that the teeth can grow into a jaw that does not have the room to host them. Wisdom tooth impaction is a common result of this situation, but even third molars that emerge upright can still rub against the neighboring teeth and push all teeth out of alignment. Worn down teeth and spaces between teeth too narrow to properly clean occur if wisdom teeth are allowed to remain.
By working with either our partnered dentist or an oral surgeon, our practice helps you remove wisdom teeth for a healthier smile.
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Vela Loftin Dental Center provides tooth extraction in Alice, Orange Grove, and San Diego, TX. We also offer a variety of preventive dental services, so the communities of South Texas can prevent the need for extraction as well. To find out how we can help keep your smile healthy, call us and schedule your next dental appointment today.