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Understanding tooth extraction for orthodontics

Some patients require tooth extractions prior to getting braces. In this post, we’ll cover which situations necessitate tooth extractions and answer some of the most commonly asked questions related to extractions and orthodontics.

When is tooth extraction necessary?

The following issues are the most common reasons to extract teeth as part of your orthodontic treatment:

  • Teeth growing in the wrong direction or growing horizontally through the gums
  • Oversized teeth are too large to fit in the right position
  • Jawbone is too small to accommodate all of the patient’s teeth
  • Teeth are damaged or severely decayed
  • Teeth are extremely sensitive or cause discomfort

How does it work?

By creating extra space in your jawline, your teeth will have more room to move, making it easier to straighten your smile and properly align your bite.

Do orthodontists extract teeth?

If your orthodontist’s thinks that teeth should be extracted as part of your treatment plan, they will refer you to either a dentist or an oral surgeon, depending on the complexity of the extraction.

Is it OK to remove healthy teeth?

There is no harm in removing healthy teeth when the end result is to improve your oral health and ensure that you have the right number of teeth to match the size of your jaw. Once your orthodontic treatment is complete, you will not notice that teeth are missing. In fact, the opposite will be true. Your teeth will look and function better than before.

A team effort

Your oral surgeon and orthodontist will communicate and work together to discuss your treatment plan and help you achieve a healthy bite and beautiful smile.

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