- There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. Sometimes a baby (primary) tooth has misshapen or 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 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 and replacement with a bridge or implant.
- Infection, orthodontic treatment, or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require removal of a tooth.
- Once a tooth has been removed, adjacent teeth may shift, causing problems with chewing or with your jaw joint function. To avoid these complications, we usually recommend that you replace the extracted tooth.
- Wisdom tooth is another name for any one of four third molars found in the permanent dentition. These teeth are the last teeth in the mouth right at the back of the jaw.
- Although most people have wisdom teeth, it is possible for some or all of the third molars to never develop. It is also possible for a person to have more than four wisdom teeth in some rare cases.
- In many individuals, the wisdom teeth aren't visible because they have become impacted (not normally erupted through the gums but stuck along the way) under the gums. Click Here to Know More...