There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. Sometimes a baby tooth has misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, and the tooth must be removed to make way for the permanent tooth to erupt.
Other times a tooth may have so much decay that it is non-restorable, causing an active infection that also puts the surrounding teeth and jaw at risk. Our office may recommend removal and replacement with a bridge or implant. Wisdom tooth are often removed as many times there is not room for them to fully erupt.
Determining if Tooth Extraction is the right choice
Prior to determining extraction is the right choice, your dentist will go through the treatment options so it is an informed decision. This treatment planning process may be done during a regular checkup or at a consultation visit.
The root of each tooth is encased within your jawbone in a “tooth socket,” and your tooth is held in that socket by a ligament. In order to extract a tooth, your dentist must expand the socket and separate the tooth from the ligament holding it in place. While this procedure is typically very quick, it is important to share with us any concerns or preferences for sedation.
Once a tooth has been removed, neighboring teeth may shift, causing problems with chewing or with your jaw joint function. To avoid these complications, your dentist may recommend you replace the extracted tooth with an implant or a bridge.