It is the goal of most patients and dentists to ensure you don’t lose any teeth. However, there are times that tooth removal, or tooth extractions, are necessary to protect the health of your remaining teeth.
There are several situations where it becomes necessary to remove a tooth. Some examples are:
Baby Teeth – Tooth Removal
Most baby teeth fall out on their own without help. However occasionally, a baby tooth can have an extra-long or misshapen root that keeps it from falling out as it should. In these cases, it may need to be removed by a dentist so the permanent tooth has the room and opportunity to erupt properly.
Decaying Teeth – Tooth Removal
A decaying tooth can put the teeth around it at risk of decay as well, sometimes making its removal necessary. A bridge, partial denture, or an implant may be used to replace the missing tooth.
Additional Reasons for Tooth Removal
Some other reasons a tooth may need to be removed:
- Wisdom tooth issues
- Trauma to a tooth
- Advanced gum disease
- Orthodontic correction
After a Tooth Is Removed
Once a tooth is removed, the surrounding teeth can shift, causing chewing changes and impacting your jaw joint function. Your dental care team will discuss the replacement options best for you.
Call us today to learn more about tooth removal. We’re happy to answer all of your questions and schedule an appointment for you.