Investing in orthodontic treatment can improve more than your smile; it can boost your oral health and increase oral function. Sometimes tooth removal is necessary before receiving braces. A dentist might recommend a tooth extraction for a couple of reasons, including the need to create space in a dental arch or to remove a damaged or diseased tooth.
Following are some common reasons why tooth removal might be necessary before orthodontic care.
In order for braces to work, there must be space to move teeth. If your dental arches are crowded, wearing braces will not improve their placement and position. In this scenario, removing a tooth or two could free up the space needed to correct the alignment of your teeth.
Baby Teeth Impede Eruption of Adult Teeth
Sometimes baby teeth do not fall out fast enough to accommodate the arrival of permanent, adult teeth. Removing a baby tooth will increase the likelihood that an adult tooth will erupt properly and in a healthier position.
Some people develop extra teeth. This congenital defect requires extraction because having extra teeth can impair oral function, affect tooth transition in childhood, and reduce the effectiveness of braces. Removing extra teeth will improve the efficacy of orthodontic treatment and protect the health of normal, permanent teeth.
Diseased Teeth That Cannot Be Saved
While some diseased and damaged teeth can be saved with restorations and root canal therapy, some teeth are simply beyond repair. When a patient has teeth that can’t be saved, they might need tooth extractions prior to receiving braces. Badly decayed or broken teeth cannot withstand the pressure generated by orthodontic treatment so it’s better to remove them.
Undergoing orthodontic treatment can help you maintain a healthy smile for a lifetime. If you have questions about your treatment options or if it’s time to schedule your next exam and cleaning, contact our team at Fresh Leaf Dental today.