There are times when it becomes 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.
At other times, a tooth may have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth and jaw at risk, so our team may recommend removal and replacement with a bridge or implant. Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require removal of a tooth.
When it is determined that a tooth needs to be removed Dr. Colpitts or Dr. Delaney will decide your best options for your care. 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, a 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 of your concerns or preferences for sedation.
Once a tooth has been removed, neighboring teeth may shift, which can cause problems with chewing or your jaw joint function. To avoid these complications, Dr. Colpitts or Dr. Delaney may recommend you replace the extracted tooth with an implant or bridge.