In some cases, a patient may have a tooth or teeth that have deteriorated and have large amounts of decay that qualify them as “non-restorable.” If this should be the case, the tooth will need to be extracted.
Extraction of teeth may also be indicated for the following cases:
1. Young patients with primary or “baby” teeth that are blocking permanent teeth from moving
into the mouth
2. Patients undergoing orthodontic treatment
3. Patients with symptomatic third molars or “wisdom teeth”
4. Patients with infections in a tooth or the jawbone
5. Patients with periodontal disease or “gum disease”
After the removal of a tooth, it is important to review options for replacement of that tooth because the adjacent teeth may shift in the jaw, which may make the occlusion or “bite” unstable and cause pain in the jaw joint. The replacement options such as implants, bridges, and/or dentures can be discussed to find the right choice for your health!