Sometimes, teeth need to be removed. Sometimes, a baby tooth is misshapen or long, and will not fall out when it should. Sometimes the decay is so bad that the tooth needs to come out because of the risk to other teeth and bone. Infection or trying to straighten orthodontics could also require removing an offending tooth.
When a tooth needs to be removed, your dentist may either extract it during the next checkup or schedule another visit for the procedure. A tooth’s root is encased within your jawbone in a “tooth socket,” and the tooth is held in that socket by an elastic ligament. In order to extract a tooth, your dentist must expand the socket and separate the tooth from the ligament holding it in place. This procedure typically only takes a couple of quick steps, but it’s important to share with your doctor any concerns or preferences for sedation.
When a tooth is taken out, the two other teeth on either side may shift. This can cause issues with chewing or your jaw joint. To avoid this, your dentist might suggest the option of replacing the extracted tooth.