Extractions

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Extractions

When it is determined that a tooth needs to be removed, your dentist may extract the tooth during a regular checkup or may schedule another visit for this procedure. 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 holding it in place. While this procedure is typically very quick, it is important to share with your doctor any concerns or preferences for sedation.

Common Causes for Tooth Extractions

  • A baby tooth has misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should
  • Decay that puts the surrounding teeth and jaw at risk of decay
  • Infection
  • Orthodontic corrections
  • Problems with a wisdom tooth

Once a tooth has been removed, neighboring teeth may shift, causing problems with chewing or with your jaw joint function. To avoid these complications, you may need to replace the extracted tooth.