There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. Sometimes a baby tooth has misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, and it must be removed to make way for the permanent tooth to emerge.
At other times, a tooth may have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth and jaw at risk, so Dr. Goyal may recommend removal and replacement with a bridge or implant. Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth may also require removal of a tooth.
When it is determined that a tooth needs to be removed, Dr. Goyal may extract it during a regular checkup or schedule a separate 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.
Once a tooth has been removed, neighboring teeth may shift, and cause problems with chewing or your jaw joint function. To avoid these complications, Dr. Goyal may recommend that you replace the extracted tooth.