Pinnacle Pediatric Dentistry Joi Shaw Morrison, DMD, MSD
3939 Washington Ave,
Suite 240
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 863-PEDO (7336)

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Teeth 101

Extractions

There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth.  Sometimes a baby tooth does not exfoliate (fall out) naturally, so it must be removed in order to make room for the permanent tooth to erupt.  At other times, a tooth may have such a large cavity that it is not restorable, so the dental provider may recommend removal.  Infection, orthodontic correction (usually ordered by an orthodontist) or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require removal of a tooth.

Once a primary tooth has been removed, neighboring teeth may shift causing problems with spacing and growth and development.  After extracting any primary tooth, the dentist will evaluate your child’s growth and development and (if needed) will recommend a space maintainer.

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