Each tooth is important to the structure of the jaw and the health of the surrounding teeth. For this reason, we will most often attempt to save the natural tooth using procedures such as fillings, inlays, and onlays, build-ups, and crowns or root canals. However, there are several possible reasons we might recommend extracting a tooth instead of saving it. Dr. Lewandowski provides tooth extractions at his office, this includes teeth that could not be saved by other procedures and wisdom teeth. Badly decayed, insufficient bone support, pain, or infection that cannot easily be treated can all lead to the last-resort treatment of tooth removal. Local anesthetics are used to numb the area around the tooth.

A primary (baby) tooth can cause problems if it does not fall out as it should. This often is because it was not shaped correctly and has too long of a root. It will be important to remove the primary tooth to make room for the permanent tooth to erupt.

Misaligned or impacted teeth, such as the wisdom teeth, can cause pain or discomfort and affect the alignment of the rest of the jaw.

When a tooth has been removed, nearby teeth may move and cause problems with chewing or with your jaw joint. To avoid these complications, your dentist may recommend you replace the extracted tooth with a fixed bridge or a removable appliance. This will prevent the neighboring teeth from drifting and interfering with proper jaw function.

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