Sometimes, for various reasons, it may be recommended that a tooth be removed, or extracted.

Why would a teeth need to be removed?

We may recommend a baby tooth that is not falling out as it should be removed to make way for the permanent tooth to erupt. At other times we may recommend extraction if a tooth has severe decay, periodontal disease, or infection that renders the tooth non-restorable or having a poor prognosis. Orthodontic correction or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require removal of a tooth. 

What does the extraction procedure entail?

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, the socket is expanded and the tooth is separated from the ligament holding it in place. Although it is usually a relatively simple procedure, there are times we may choose to refer you to an oral surgeon to have the extraction procedure completed. 

Can I replace my missing tooth?

Depending on the location of the tooth that is removed and your overall oral health, we may recommend replacing a tooth that has been extracted. Once a tooth has been removed, neighboring teeth may shift causing problems with chewing or with your jaw joint function. Further, a missing tooth can affect your smile. Thankfully, modern dentistry provides us with several options for tooth replacement including implants, bridges, and dentures. Together, we will choose the right option for you taking into account several factors, such as your oral hygiene and health, the condition of your other teeth and supporting bone, your ideal objectives, and financial considerations.