Sometimes extracting teeth can help to alleviate oral health problems or improve the overall appearance of your smile.  Nevertheless, extracting a tooth should be a last resort since natural teeth are irreplaceable.  Dr. Chaikin has aided hundreds of patients throughout San Diego and surrounding communities to find the best solution for tooth extraction and oral surgeries.

Common Reasons for Tooth Extractions

You should always have a sound reason and a full understanding of why a dentist is recommending a tooth extraction.  Tooth extractions may be necessary for adults and children.  At Convoy Dental Arts, Dr. Chaikin takes out the time necessary to fully explain why a tooth extraction is in your best interest.  Some of the more common reasons that patients opt for tooth extractions include:

  • Teeth which are preventing other teeth from erupting properly
  • Decay has rendered to much damage to the tooth so that restoration is impossible
  • A tooth interferes with or would make orthodontic treatment exceptionally long
  • Wisdom teeth are impacted or problematic

Whatever the case is for the recommended extraction, our team will design a treatment plan that maximizes your comfort and improves your oral health.

Thinking About Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?

The last teeth that erupt from your mouth are third molars common called wisdom teeth.  Typically, wisdom teeth arrive during the teenage year to mid-twenties.  These four teeth come in pairs, two at the top of the mouth and two at the bottom.  When they come in without problem, most people do not notice them.

However, when wisdom teeth come in incorrectly, they can cause a variety of oral health issues.  Problems associated with wisdom teeth include:

  • Pain from swelling and bacterial infections (abscesses)
  • Damage to adjacent molars and teeth crowding
  • TMJ pain and stiffness
  • Headaches and soft tissue pain in the region near the wisdom tooth

One of the best approaches to wisdom tooth extraction is removing them early.  Digital x-rays can determine how the tooth is erupting before it arrives.  If the eruption will be problematic to other teeth, removing it before it causes significant damage is quite beneficial.