Are Extractions Required Before Braces?
At Egger Orthodontics, our orthodontists use cutting edge dental technology and appliances to help make tooth realignment as painless as possible. Sometimes this involves the removal or extraction of teeth from your mouth entirely. If your tooth has been damaged by decay or thoroughly broken, we first will try to fix it with a crown, filling, or other treatment. But sometimes a full extraction is necessary, particularly before you use other tooth alignment appliances like braces.
When Are Tooth Extractions Needed?
For our younger patients, we occasionally see that baby teeth do not fall out when they should. When permanent teeth are not able to come into their correct spots, we can recommend tooth extraction. We also recommend tooth extraction for our patients who have extra teeth that prevent other teeth from coming in. This can be especially problematic when it comes to getting braces, as these and other teeth may need to be extracted to make room for the teeth that are being moved into their proper place.
Preparing For Tooth Extraction
When it comes to tooth extraction, our first step is to determine whether it is necessary and, particularly if it will impair your ability to use braces, how best to remove the tooth. This is done through the use of an x-ray of the area. We will also take your full dental and medical history along with an accounting of all the medicines that you regularly take. Once we take the x-ray, we can determine the relationship of the problem teeth to your other teeth and see if there are any infections or bone disease present. We want to clearly see how your teeth connect to the nerves of your jawbone so that we can extract them safely.
How Are Teeth Extracted?
Once our orthodontists have determined that tooth extraction is necessary, we will bring you in for the actual procedure. The first thing we will do is anesthetize the area around your tooth. This will help numb the area where the extraction will take place and to minimize any pain that you may feel from removal. Once anesthetized, we will loosen the tooth with a tool known as an elevator which will then permit us to extract the tooth with dental forceps. After this is finished, we will smooth the bone that remains and possibly close the area with a stitch.
What Does The Recovery Period Look Like?
Though the installation of braces may be in your future, you will first need to recover from your tooth extraction process. While it will take a few days to do so, the first 24 hours is an especially sensitive period and there are a number of steps you should take to make sure that your body can properly heal from the procedure. Resting after a tooth extraction is crucial, and you should not leap right back into your regular routine the following day. You should brush and floss as normal, but avoid the extraction area. Eating soft foods like pudding, applesauce, and yogurt is ideal and will help save you from any potential injury.
In order to use braces to align your teeth into their proper positions, tooth extraction can be a necessary first step. With our help, we will make this as painless a procedure as possible for you or your child. If you believe that tooth extraction might be the next step for you, or if you wish to learn more, call us today at 425.270.1616.
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