There are certain circumstances where it is necessary to remove a child’s baby tooth. Certain factors such as crowding or the shape of the roots can prevent it from falling out naturally, and 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 and jaw at risk of decay, so your doctor may recommend removal. 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, your dentist may extract the tooth during a regular checkup or may request another visit for this procedure. While this procedure is typically very quick, it is important to share with your doctor any concerns or preferences for sedation.
Once a tooth has been removed, adjacent teeth may shift, causing problems with chewing, crowding or with the function of the jaw joint. To avoid these complications, your dentist may recommend the placement of a space maintainer.