Extraction vs. Non-Extraction Therapy

Hearing the word “extraction” regarding your dental care can feel intimidating. The thought of having a tooth removed makes many people at Mahlmann & Border Orthodontics cringe. However, we want to help ease your anxiety about your dental procedure at our Richmond office. 

Understanding extraction and non-extraction therapy is the best way to prepare if Dr. Lee Mahlmann or Dr. Catherine Borders recommends it. Let’s dive into the differences between these two common treatments and learn how they can benefit your smile. 

What Is Extraction Therapy?

Extraction therapy in orthodontics refers to removing certain teeth to create more space in the mouth. This approach is common when dealing with severe crowding or significant alignment issues that can only be resolved with additional space. 

For example, if your jaw is too small for all the teeth to fit comfortably, extraction may be necessary. Like with any procedure, there are some pros and cons of extraction therapy. 

When Dr. Mahlmann or Dr. Borders makes space with the extraction, they can guide the alignment of the rest of the surrounding teeth. 

However, tooth extraction is a surgical procedure. Like all surgeries, it carries some risks and requires recovery time. 

The decision to use extraction therapy is made on a case-by-case basis, so your orthodontist will discuss your options at your appointment.

What Is Non-Extraction Therapy?

Non-extraction therapy is an alternative approach to correct dental alignment and spacing issues without removing teeth. This method uses appliances, like braces or aligners, to gradually move teeth into their correct positions over time. 

Non-extraction is typically the method we choose since it’s less invasive and allows you to keep all your teeth. However, successful non-extraction therapy requires careful planning and consistent, long-term treatment. 

This type of treatment is ideal for those with moderate crowding or misalignment issues. It’s not always possible in severe crowding or when there’s a significant difference in your jaw and tooth size.

What’s The Difference?

So, how does your orthodontist decide which to use? Dr. Mahlmann and Dr. Border’s choice to extract or not extract depends on a few things. First, they’ll consider the condition of your teeth. 

They look at the extent of misalignment or crowding and your overall oral health. Remember that every patient’s mouth is unique. What’s ideal for one person may not be best for another. 

At Mahlmann & Borders Orthodontics, we use advanced diagnostic tools and conduct a thorough exam to determine the best plan for your smile. You’ll always have the final say in your treatment, so we want you to understand all of the details. Your health, comfort, and satisfaction are our top priorities as we work together toward your perfect smile.

Understanding extraction and non-extraction therapy is the best way to prepare if Dr. Lee Mahlmann or Dr. Catherine Borders recommends it.

Case Studies

Sometimes it’s easier to understand things when you can see real-world examples. Let’s break down each process and see how it can help: 

Extraction Therapy 

Severe crowding can cause misalignment and discomfort. In some cases, Dr. Mahlmann or Dr. Borders may determine that removing teeth is the best way to create adequate space. We’ll often follow extraction with braces or Invisalign treatment to align the bite and give you a beautiful smile. 

Non-Extraction Therapy

If you’re only dealing with mild crowding or misalignment, extraction may not be necessary. Dr. Mahlmann or Dr. Borders can use braces to align teeth with minimal malocclusion. They can use special devices to widen the arch of your jaw, creating the perfect amount of space for your teeth. 

At Mahlmann & Borders Orthodontics, we prioritize choosing the treatment plan to give you the best outcome. If you’re considering orthodontic treatment, we invite you to schedule a free consultation to discuss the best way to reach your smile goals.

Get Your Perfect Smile With Mahlmann & Borders Orthodontics

Now that you know the difference between extraction and non-extraction therapy, you may have a better idea of what your smile needs. However, the best way to know for sure is with a free consultation in our Richmond office. Dr. Mahlmann and Dr. Borders will consider your unique case to create a treatment plan just for you. 

To learn more about extraction and non-extraction therapy or to discuss your orthodontic concerns and goals, schedule a free consultation at our Richmond office. We look forward to helping you transform your smile and boost your confidence.