To remove or not to remove.

If the roots of a baby tooth are keeping it from falling out, it might be time to remove the tooth. Such a procedure will allow the permanent tooth to grow into its correct position. There are also instances where the decay of a tooth causes the other teeth around it to become at risk. In these situations, we sometimes suggest the removal of the affected tooth. Orthodontic work and wisdom teeth can be reasons for an extraction too.

As part of removing a tooth, we may recommend replacing the tooth or holding the space for the permanent tooth. This is to prevent future problems with shifting teeth. Removing a tooth can often be done during your regular checkup. However, there are also times where scheduling another visit may be best. Extractions are usually a quick process, and we’ll have a conversation about sedation options that will help in making it a comfortable procedure for your child.