Braces versus Retainers: A Comprehensive Overveiw

Braces versus Retainers: A Comprehensive Overveiw

Reasons You May Require Tooth Extraction

by Lonnie Bryant

Dental practitioners will typically work toward the preservation of your natural teeth. Their focus is keeping your teeth healthy and functional. However, there are some instances when your dentist will have no choice other than to opt for tooth extraction. Most people may not be comfortable with this as the result is living with a gap or having some form of replacement treatment carried out. The good news is that tooth extraction tends to be a simple procedure and you typically will not require additional dental visits. Additionally, your dental practitioner will also advise you on the best way to camouflage the gap if you deem it too conspicuous to live with or if it is necessary. Here are some of the reasons why you may have to opt for tooth extraction from your dentist

Your teeth have suffered through trauma or have developed a disease.

Typically, when you suffer trauma to your tooth or realize that it is failing due to a disease, the dentist will consider several options to try to rescue the tooth. For instance, if your tooth is chipped or cracked by trauma, the dentist may opt for a dental crown to cover up the damage. In the event that damage has reached the pulp of your tooth as a result of infection, then your dentist may opt for root canal therapy with the aim of saving the tooth. However, in worst-case scenarios, if the tooth is beyond saving, then you may have to get a tooth extraction so as to avoid further oral problems such as your tooth fragmenting, damage to your gums and more.

You require orthodontic treatment.

Another reason you may require teeth extraction is if there is not enough space on your jawbone to facilitate the growth of all your teeth. If you suffer from crowding, it means that your dental arches cannot adequately accommodate all your teeth. This is accompanied by symptoms such as pain in your jaw, swelling of the gums, headaches and more. To treat this, the dentist will have to extract the premolars so as to create enough space for your other teeth. Typically, with extraction for the purpose of orthodontic treatments, you will not require any subsequent tooth replacement.

Your wisdom teeth are impacted.

A common dental concern that people have as they leave adolescence is impacted wisdom teeth. This is when the growth of your wisdom teeth is encumbered due to the lack of sufficient space in the mouth. Instead of suffering through the pain, have your dentist extract the wisdom teeth before their roots have the chance to fully take form.


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Braces versus Retainers: A Comprehensive Overveiw

There are more than two ways to straighten a smile, and in this blog, I plan to discuss them all. I plan to look at the differences between braces and retainers and explain why sometimes you may need them both. I look at the differences in cost, time commitment and efficacy. Personally, I have had a bit of experience with this subject – I had braces as a young teen, and I had a permanent retainer. In this blog, I discuss what I have learned, and I present all kinds of new information on the topic. Whether you are trying to make decisions for yourself or your child. I hope you find this information useful.