A missing tooth is more than just a missing tooth.
Your loss of a single tooth can have major impact on your overall oral health and appearance. Although we will use every measure to prevent tooth loss, there are still some occasions when a tooth needs to be removed.
A tooth may need to be extracted if the following occurs:
- Severe decay
- Advanced gum disease
- Infection or abscess
- Orthodontic correction
- Malpositioned teeth
- Fractured teeth or roots
- Impacted teeth
Dr. Matlock may suggest an extraction after careful examination and treatment. X-rays are used to understand the shape and position of the tooth and surrounding bone before extracting the tooth. Based on the degree of difficulty, Dr. Matlock may refer you to an oral surgeon.