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By Franklin Dental
November 10, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

The movie Bohemian Rhapsody celebrates the iconic rock band Queen and its legendary lead vocalist, Freddie Mercury. But when we see pictures of the flamboyant singer, many fans both old and new may wonder—what made Freddie’s toothy smile look the way it did? Here’s the answer: The singer was born with four extra teeth at the back of his mouth, which caused his front teeth to be pushed forward, giving him a noticeable overbite.

The presence of extra teeth—more than 20 primary (baby) teeth or 32 adult teeth—is a relatively rare condition called hyperdontia. Sometimes this condition causes no trouble, and an extra tooth (or two) isn’t even recognized until the person has an oral examination. In other situations, hyperdontia can create problems in the mouth such as crowding, malocclusion (bad bite) and periodontal disease. That’s when treatment may be recommended.

Exactly what kind of treatment is needed? There’s a different answer for each individual, but in many cases the problem can be successfully resolved with tooth extraction (removal) and orthodontic treatment (such as braces).┬áSome people may be concerned about having teeth removed, whether it’s for this problem or another issue. But in skilled hands, this procedure is routine and relatively painless.

Teeth aren’t set rigidly in the jawbone like posts in cement—they are actually held in place dynamically by a fibrous membrane called the periodontal ligament. With careful manipulation of the tooth, these fibers can be dislodged and the tooth can be easily extracted. Of course, you won’t feel this happening because extraction is done under anesthesia (often via a numbing shot). In addition, you may be given a sedative or anti-anxiety medication to help you relax during the procedure.

After extraction, some bone grafting material may be placed in the tooth socket and gauze may be applied to control bleeding; sutures (stitches) are sometimes used as well. You’ll receive instructions on medication and post-extraction care before you go home. While you will probably feel discomfort in the area right after the procedure, in a week or so the healing process will be well underway.

Sometimes, dental problems like hyperdontia need immediate treatment because they can negatively affect your overall health; at other times, the issue may be mainly cosmetic. Freddie Mercury declined treatment because he was afraid dental work might interfere with his vocal range. But the decision to change the way your smile looks is up to you; after an examination, we can help you determine what treatment options are appropriate for your own situation.

If you have questions about tooth extraction or orthodontics, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Simple Tooth Extraction” and “The Magic of Orthodontics.”

By Franklin Dental
April 23, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Extraction  

Tooth extractions may be needed to enhance your oral health, end pain or even improve the effectiveness of orthodontic treatment. Your extracted toothFranklin, IN, dentist, Dr. Joshua Stevens, performs extractions and other dental services at Franklin Dental.

Wisdom tooth pain

Your Franklin dentist may recommend tooth extraction if you have partially or fully impacted wisdom teeth. The teeth can't erupt naturally because they're blocked by tissue and bone. Fortunately, removing wisdom teeth won't affect your ability to bite and chew.

Impacted teeth can be painful and may damage facial nerves, cause infections or cysts, or affect the alignment of other teeth if they're not removed. Extraction may also be necessary if your wisdom teeth erupt normally but are diseased.

Orthodontic treatment

Tooth extraction may be needed before you begin orthodontic treatment. Extraction is performed if you have a crowding issue due to a small mouth. Your dentist will remove the teeth a few weeks before you begin your treatment. Extracting the teeth ensures that there is enough room in your mouth to straighten your teeth.


Falls, auto accidents or blows to the face can loosen or break teeth. Although root canal treatment, splints or crowns can be helpful, it's not always possible to save teeth injured in a fall or other accident. For example, extraction may be necessary if a crack in a tooth extends into the root.

Retained primary tooth

Primary teeth don't always fall out when expected. If a tooth shows no signs of falling out on its own, your dentist may recommend extraction. After the tooth has been removed, the permanent tooth will erupt.

Could your smile benefit from a tooth extraction? Call your Franklin, IN, dentist, Dr. Joshua Stevens of Franklin Dental, at (317) 868-2672 to schedule an appointment.