Dr. Collins may determine that your child needs a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease, or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth, or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.
The removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to chewing ability, problems with the jaw joint, and shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your child’s dental health. To avoid these complications, in most cases, Dr. Collins will discuss alternatives to extractions, if applicable, as well as placement of a space maintainer when extraction is determined to be the treatment method chosen.
Some extractions can be performed in the office, while those that are more challenging may be referred to an Oral Surgeon. If extractions are necessary, Dr. Collins will provide you with her treatment recommendations.