Do you love loud places with lots of people having a great time? If so, you’re probably a reasonably extroverted person. You’re probably drawn to crowds. But you know what doesn’t like crowds? Your mouth. More specifically, your teeth. That’s right! Your teeth are introverts! They’d rather occupy their own space than be crowded out by too many others. But did you know that kind of crowding can happen? We treat quite a few patients with crowded teeth at Windy City Orthodontics. So if that’s you, don’t fret! You’ll be in great company. Dr. Pakravan and the rest of our Chicago team (with two wonderful locations) can help with the crowdedness of your mouth, so you’ll enjoy smiling again. In this blog, we will guide you through extraction and non-extraction therapy. If the doctor mentions either of these for you, you’ll know what he means and why he chose it.
Extraction? Does That Mean What It Sounds Like?
Dr. Pakravan doesn’t treat patients in a vacuum. Each patient has their own unique concerns, problems, and goals. But orthodontic treatments often involve making critical decisions, like opting for extraction or non-extraction therapy. If the doctor recommends you for one of those, here’s what he means.
Extraction therapy involves removing certain teeth to create space in your mouth. Imagine trying to fit too many books on a small bookshelf – sometimes, the only solution is to remove a few books to make room for the rest. This is often necessary when severe crowding or the teeth are seriously misaligned. However, it’s important to remember that tooth extraction is a surgical procedure and carries some recovery time.
On the other hand, non-extraction therapy aims to correct dental issues without removing teeth. It’s like adjusting the shelves to make room for all the books. This approach uses orthodontic appliances, like braces or aligners, to gradually move teeth into better positions. It’s a less invasive option but needs careful planning and consistency.
Like most things in orthodontics, each method has its pluses and minuses. One approach works great for some issues but isn’t necessary for others. Talk with the doctor to learn more about the “how” and “why” relative to your specific treatment plan.
Which Therapy Works Better?
Choosing between extraction and non-extraction therapy is a lot like chess; every piece must move perfectly for the best result. Dr. Pakravan carefully considers several factors before making this decision.
First, the doctor will examine the condition of your teeth. Extraction therapy might be the most effective solution in cases of serious crowding or major misalignment. On the other hand, if the issues are not terribly serious, non-extraction therapy using braces or aligners might suffice.
Then, Dr. Pakravan will evaluate your overall oral health. What if you have an unhealthy tooth that’s likely to cause further irritation in the future? Extracting it as part of the orthodontic treatment plan might be more beneficial for you.
Finally, the doctor compares the size of your jaw to your teeth. If your jaw is too small to accommodate all your teeth comfortably, an extraction might be necessary to ensure a healthy and beautiful smile.
However, it’s not just about clinical considerations. Dr. Pakravan also considers your lifestyle, personal preferences, and concerns. We understand that everyone is unique, and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. So, our treatment plans are designed to match your needs, always aiming for the highest level of comfort and the best outcome.
Frequent Extraction v. Non-extraction Questions
Does extraction therapy hurt?
Most people who come to Windy City Orthodontics are worried about pain. That’s not lost on us. We’re well aware of your concerns. If Dr. Pakravan decides on extracting, you’ll be on anesthesia during the entire thing. If you feel some pain after you leave our office, some OTC medications can help.
How long does non-extraction therapy take?
We can’t give you an exact answer to this question right here. Your time might be completely different than that of another patient. But it can take anywhere from 6 months to 3 years on average. Regular check-ups with our doctor will ensure your treatment is progressing as expected.
Will extraction change the shape of my face?
Extraction can lead to subtle changes in facial aesthetics, which are generally minor. The goal of any orthodontic treatment, including extraction, is to enhance your smile and facial balance.
Can I choose between extraction and non-extraction therapy?
While patient preferences are important, the choice between extraction and non-extraction therapy is primarily a clinical decision based on the condition of your teeth, the extent of misalignment, and overall oral health. Dr. Pakravan will discuss all viable options with you. You will be involved in decision-making.
What’s the recovery time for extraction therapy?
Recovery time varies among patients, but typically, it can take a few days to a week for the extraction site to heal completely. Our doctor will provide personalized advice to help manage your recovery and create a comfortable healing process.
Remember, if you have any more questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with the doctor at Windy City Orthodontics. We’re here to guide you on your journey to a perfect smile.
Windy City Orthodontics For The Win!
Remember that your teeth are introverted if you take nothing else with you today. Your teeth enjoy their personal space. They need a little room to spread out. Furthermore, they don’t care for crowds. If your introverted teeth need a little extra wiggle room, visit us at Windy City Orthodontics in Chicago. We offer two locations, serving the areas of Chicago, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Roscoe Village, and North Center. Dr. Pakravan can set you on the path to the gorgeous smile that you deserve. Click here to schedule a free consultation.