Sometimes, despite excellent oral health routines and timely dental care, a tooth must still be removed. Common reasons for tooth extraction include: infection, tooth fracture, or removal for orthodontic correction. Sometimes baby teeth are removed when they fail to fall out naturally or are causing crowding.
Most extractions are a simple procedure and involve the dentist moving the tooth within the socket to expand the space surrounding the tooth and separate it from the ligament holding it in place. We offer oral sedation for patients who are anxious about this dental procedure.
Extractions leave a gap adjacent to the missing tooth which can cause teeth to shift and missing teeth can make chewing more difficult. Facial tissue can also be altered due to extractions so it is important to discuss options for replacing missing teeth, such as a bridge, implant, or partial denture.