There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. Sometimes a baby tooth has difficulty shedding itself, and the tooth must be removed to make way for the permanent tooth to come through. At other times, a tooth may have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth and bone at risk of decay, so your doctor may recommend removal. Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require removal of a tooth.
Once a tooth has been removed, neighboring teeth may shift, causing problems with chewing or with your jaw function. To avoid these complications, your dentist may recommend that you replace the extracted tooth.