If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, Dr. Prouty will try to fix it with a filling, crown or other treatment. Sometimes, there's too much damage for the tooth to be repaired. In this case, the tooth needs to be extracted.
A very loose tooth also will require extraction if it can't be saved, even with bone replacement surgery (bone graft).
Here are other reasons for extractions:
The key is to keep up with regular check-ups to avoid tooth loss! Not all dental issues have pain!
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