Reasons your child may need a tooth extracted:
- Caries: Primary and secondary caries plus all sequelae including periapical abscess and failed nerve treatment.
- Orthodontic: Tooth removed to prevent or correct malocclusion.
- Trauma: Tooth extracted as a direct result of acute trauma.
- Loss: Tooth extracted because of its mobility; time for exfoliation.
- Over-retention: Prolonged retention of primary teeth.
- Periodontal disease: Loss of function, periodontal abscess and pain.
- General medical reasons: Prophylactic extraction.
- Economic reasons: The tooth could have been saved but the patient found treatment too expensive.
- Patient/parent request: The tooth could have been repaired, but the patient/parent insisted on extraction.
Some extractions may need a space maintainer.