When & Why You Need Teeth Extractions for Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic treatment is more than just  straightening teeth with braces or aligners, sometimes as a part of your orthodontic treatment plan, you may need to have teeth extractions. There are many reasons why an orthodontist suggests pulling teeth out, some of them being: tooth decay, dental crowding as well as correcting your bite. Find out more about our treatments by chatting to our team today .

Tooth Decay

To ensure you have a healthy bite with braces or aligners treatment an orthodontist may need to extract teeth for your overall oral health. The orthodontist will do a thorough examination of your teeth to determine the health of each tooth and advise you if you require teeth extraction.

Removing a decayed tooth is sometimes necessary to prevent the spread of infection and to preserve the overall health of the mouth.

At times the decayed tooth can be treated without an extraction with a filling or a crown. However if there is severe tooth decay, the orthodontist may  recommend tooth extraction.

Removing an affected tooth can also help prevent further dental problems such as gum disease and tooth loss. A severely decayed tooth can lead to a dental abscess and cause inflammation and infection in the gums and surrounding tissue. Removing a decaying tooth can prevent this from happening and preserve and protect your overall healthy smile.

Crowded Teeth

Removing teeth for braces or aligners is sometimes necessary to create enough space in the jaw for the teeth for proper alignment as without enough space, the teeth can experience severe crowding, which can lead to a variety of dental problems

Teeth extractions can also help to reduce the overall treatment time, as it allows for more effective movement of the adjacent teeth. It may also be necessary for a tooth extraction in order to correct  jaw issues, such as an overbite or underbite. Overall, removing teeth for orthodontic care is a common practice that can greatly improve the overall function and appearance of the teeth and jaw.

We may refer you to an oral surgeon if you require extractions. We will do this if you have a tooth that is completely hidden or impacted, such as wisdom teeth that haven’t yet or are unable to emerge from the gums.

Correct Bite

Removing teeth to correct a bite is a common orthodontic treatment method used to address malocclusion, which is a misalignment of the upper and lower jaws.

This misalignment can cause the teeth to fit together improperly, resulting in an overbite, underbite or crossbite. Removing teeth can help to create more space in the jaw, which allows the remaining teeth to be repositioned into their proper bite pattern.

This can improve the bite and overall function of the teeth, and also improve the appearance of the smile and facial profile. In some cases, it may also be necessary to remove teeth in order to correct jaw issues, such as an overbite or underbite.

Removing teeth to correct a bite is a common treatment that can greatly improve the overall function and appearance of the teeth and jaw.

All You Need To Know Before Having Tooth Extractions

Tooth Extraction Cost

The cost of a tooth extraction treatment varies, depending on the location and complexity of the extraction and whether the dental extraction is performed by a general dentist or an oral surgeon.

The cost of a simple tooth extraction, which is a procedure performed by general dentists will normally cost less than a surgical extraction, which is performed by oral surgeons and is a procedure that is performed on a tooth that is not visible or impacted.

Tooth Extraction Healing

Tooth extraction healing is a process that can take several weeks to complete.

The first 24-48 hours after the extraction treatment, the site will likely be swollen and tender, and there may be some bleeding. The bleeding should subside within the first day, and the swelling should start to decrease within the first 48 hours. During the first week, the area will begin to heal and form a blood clot. The clot protects the bone and nerve endings while the body starts to heal the bone and tissue. It can take up to 4-6 weeks for the extraction site to fully heal.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

When having a tooth extracted, aftercare is a very important aspect. Proper aftercare post treatment helps to minimise pain, reduces the risk of complications and helps promote healing.

The first 24 hours after tooth extractions are the most important, it is important to avoid any activities that may dislodge the blood clot and cause a dry socket. Your general dentist may advise you to bite down on a pad for about 45 minutes to an hour after the tooth extraction, to help stop the bleeding.

It’s important to follow the aftercare instructions provided by your general dentist or oral surgeon to promote a smooth healing process and to avoid any activities that may delay the healing process.

Tooth Extraction Pain

Local anesthesia is used on all teeth extractions. After the treatment and anesthesia wears off you may experience some discomfort and pain around the area of the extracted tooth, however this should subside within 24-48 hours.

To have straight teeth and a healthy bite, contact our orthodontic practice today