There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. Sometimes when a baby tooth has misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, 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 at risk. Dr. Hart may recommend removal in means to avoid further complication. Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require tooth removal.
When it is determined that a tooth needs to be removed, Dr. Hart may extract the tooth during a regular checkup or request another visit to perform the procedure. The root of each tooth is encased within your child’s jawbone within a tooth socket, and the tooth is held with the socket by a ligament. In order to extract a tooth, Dr. Hart must expand the socket and separate the tooth from the ligament holding it in place. While the procedure is typically very quick, it is important to share with Dr. Hart any concerns you may have.
Once a tooth has been removed neighboring teeth may shift causing problems with chewing or with your child’s jaw joint function. To avoid potential complications, Dr. Hart may recommend that your child be fitted with an appliance to maintain space.