There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. Sometimes a baby tooth has long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, and the tooth must be removed to make way for the permanent tooth to come in properly. Other times, a tooth may have decay that it puts the surrounding teeth at risk of decay, so your doctor may recommend removal. Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require removal of a tooth.
When it is determined that a tooth needs to be removed, Dr. Wier may extract the tooth during a regular checkup or may refer you to an oral surgeon. While this procedure is typically very quick, it is important to share with your doctor any concerns.
Once a tooth has been removed, teeth may shift, causing problems with chewing. To avoid these complications, Dr. Wier may recommend that you replace the extracted tooth.
To replace an extracted tooth you have different options that Dr. Wier will discuss with you at your appointment.