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.
At other times, a tooth may have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth and jaw at risk, so your doctor may recommend extracting the tooth and replacing it with a bridge or implant. Sometimes infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require removal of a tooth.
In order to extract a tooth, your dentist must expand the socket and separate the tooth from the ligament that holds it in place. Although this procedure is typically very quick, it is important to share with your doctor any concerns or preferences for sedation.
Once a tooth has been removed, neighboring teeth may shift, causing problems with chewing or your jaw joint function. To avoid these complications, your dentist may recommend that you replace the extracted tooth with an implant or a bridge.
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