Let’s face it. Having one or more of your teeth extracted is not exactly something you look forward to going through. However, many times it becomes necessary. This especially holds true for wisdom teeth that need to be removed to prevent problems that could crop up or may come up in the future.

When wisdom teeth come in, a person’s jaw may not be large enough to hold the them correctly. In some cases, this means that one or more of the wisdom teeth may become impacted and therefore not able to break through a person’s gums.

In other cases, wisdom teeth may only partially come in, leaving a flap of gum tissue. When this happens, food and bacteria can get caught under the flap creating red, painful, and swollen gums which can lead to infection. More serious problems may develop, ranging from full blown infections to permanent damage to the jaw, gums, and surrounding teeth.

Many problems with wisdom teeth develop in a person’s teens and early 20s, making younger patients more likely candidates for wisdom teeth extractions. But because wisdom teeth roots are not fully developed yet, the surgery is not as complicated as it is for older patients.

Reasons Why Any of Your Teeth May Need To Be Extracted

Although wisdom teeth are the most commonly mentioned for extractions, any of your teeth may need to be taken out at some point for a variety of reasons.

Aside from wisdom teeth, a person’s cuspids and bicuspids can also become impacted and require oral surgery to remove them.

As you grow older you may experience the partial loss of a tooth either due to a cracked tooth, a filling that goes bad, or just general tooth decay. When that happens, the remaining part of the tooth will need to be removed and it is generally replaced with a dental implant or a bridge to fill in the resulting gap.

In other instances, a person may experience abnormal jaw growth which can make speaking, eating, or sometimes even breathing difficult. Braces may alleviate these issues, but oral surgery is often required to fully fix the existing problems.

Dr. Neil S. McLeod is located at 9201 Sunset Blvd. and serves patients in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, West Los Angeles, Studio City and other nearby communities.