Tooth Extractions

Why Does My Tooth Need to Be Extracted?

You and Dr. Shepherd or Dr. Blanton may determine that you need a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease (“gum disease”), or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.

What Next?

The removal of a single tooth can lead to decreased chewing ability, shifting teeth, altered appearance, and/or problems with your jaw joint. These changes can have significant effects on your health as well as your quality of life.

To remedy these potential complications, Drs. Shepherd or Blanton will discuss options for replacement of the extracted tooth, including bone grafting and implant placement where applicable.