Getting braces isn’t as simple as just putting them on your teeth as they are. In fact, there are several steps one must go through prior to getting the actual appliances on your teeth. First, you will need a thorough tooth cleaning to make sure there is a clean, healthy surface. In some cases, more extensive preparation is necessary – like a tooth extraction. While tooth extraction may not be necessary for every patient, some patients will require this. Read on to learn more about tooth extractions from Dr. Christopher Murphy and Dr. Lisa Peter Howard at Southern Maine Orthodontics.
There are a number of instances in which an orthodontist may recommend tooth extraction prior to braces treatment. Some of the most common reasons for extraction include when a tooth is so damaged or unhealthy it cannot be rescued with root canal therapy, when teeth are too crowded, or when a severe overbite surgery is not an option.
Fortunately, if the tooth is healthy and has fully emerged from the gum line, it can usually be removed with a simple extraction. Typically, your dentist will use a forceps-like tool to gradually work the tooth back and forth until it loosens and eventually dislodges from the mouth. The recovery time is also very quick since no stitches are needed.
However, for a tooth that is broken, damaged, or impacted, a surgical extraction will be necessary. This is a more involved extraction and will require stitches and a longer recovery time.
Your orthodontist will wait until you have fully recovered from the extraction before putting on your braces. It may take a few weeks until you are ready to begin treatment. If you have any questions about tooth extraction or braces, please feel free to contact our office.