Preteens and teenagers often undergo orthodontic treatment to give them straighter, more natural, healthier smiles. Yet many parents who live in the North Richland Hills, TX, area are surprised to hear that their teen will need undergo oral surgery in addition to having braces. What they may not realize is that without the help of an oral surgeon such as Dr. Chris Tye, their child could have problems with shifting teeth after orthodontia. In this case, oral surgery is a permanent way to maintain the long-lasting benefits of orthodontics. Call (817) 552-3223 to learn more, or fill our online form to set up an appointment.

Oral Surgery Before or During Orthodontics Treatment

Getting a tooth extracted as part of an orthodontics regimen can be a practical way to avoid future problems. It can also sometimes make orthodontic treatment a bit faster. In fact, it is a common occurrence, even for orthodontics patients who are more mature adults.

What makes a tooth extraction the right solution for a person with braces or who is about to get braces? For one, a teenager who is a good candidate for braces may first need to have a severely out-of-place tooth surgically extracted. Although most orthodontists and dentists strive to keep extractions to a minimum, extractions can sometimes be necessary and sensible. If removing one tooth makes it easier to shift many others into proper placement, the decision often makes practical sense.

Another example of a common type of orthodontics-related oral surgery procedure is wisdom tooth removal. This can take place before orthodontics are placed, or during the orthodontics treatment process. In many cases, wisdom teeth are impacted. In other situations, the wisdom teeth may be ready to erupt in a way that puts too much force on the surrounding teeth. By surgically extracting all or some of the wisdom teeth, Dr. Tye can help patients maintain a straighter smile without as much worry about future tooth shifting.

Finding the Right North Richland Hills, TX, Oral Surgery Practice

After your orthodontists or dentist suggests that you set up an appointment with an oral surgeon, you may wonder how to find the right one for your needs. In general, you will want to make sure that any oral surgery practice offers a team with years of experience headed by a knowledgeable, well-credentialed oral surgeon.

Because oral surgeons tend to have websites, you can use those sites and related online reviews and testimonials to narrow your choices. Then, set up consultations with your top oral surgeon candidates. Be sure to ask about financing and payment options, including dental and healthcare insurance, when you visit.

After meeting prospective oral surgeons, you will be able to make the best decision for you and your preteen or teen.

Advantages of Oral Surgery in Tandem With Orthodontics

Still feeling concerned that a tooth extraction may be too much for your son or daughter? Remember that tooth extractions can offer several benefits for people undergoing orthodontic treatments:

  • Lowered likelihood of sudden tooth shifting.
  • Improved opportunity to keep teeth healthy.
  • Potentially faster smile correction.

Schedule a Tooth Extraction Consultation With Dr. Tye

Want more information on tooth extraction in conjunction with orthodontics to make the best decision for your child? Call Texas Oral Surgery Specialists serving North Richland Hills, TX, and the surrounding neighborhoods. Our team is happy to explain the process of wisdom tooth removal and other tooth extraction procedures.