Extractions, Wisdom Teeth & Oral Surgery

At times, a tooth simply needs removing no matter how much brushing and flossing you do.

Sometimes, a baby tooth has misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out as it’s supposed to and the tooth must be removed to make room for the permanent tooth to grow. At other times, a tooth may have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth and jaw at risk of decay. In this case, your doctor may recommend removal and replacement with a bridge or an implant. Other than these reasons, infection, orthodontic correction, or concerns with a wisdom tooth can also require removal of a tooth.
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, your dentist must expand the socket and separate the tooth from the ligament that holds it in place. While this procedure is typically very quick, it is important to share any concerns you may have with your doctor and/or let your doctor know any preferences you have for sedation.
Once a tooth has been removed, neighboring teeth may shift, making your jaw joint function irregularly, like difficulties with chewing. To avoid these complications, your dentist may recommend that you replace the extracted tooth and will provide possible solutions that fit your needs.