Robert A Foster, Jr

               DMD/PC


Family and Cosmetic Dentistry


770-971-5119


1230 Johnson Ferry Place

Suite C-10

Marietta, GA 30068


Dr Bob's Dental Smile Plan



Dental Extractions


There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. Sometimes a baby tooth has misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, and the tooth must be removed to make way for the permanent tooth to erupt. At other times, a tooth may have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth and jaw at risk of decay, so your doctor may recommend removal and replacement with a bridge or implant. Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require removal of a tooth.


When it is determined that a tooth needs to be removed, your dentist may extract the tooth during a regular checkup or may request another visit for this procedure. The root of each tooth is encased within your jawbone in a "tooth  and your tooth is held in that socket by a ligament. to extract a tooth, your dentist must expand the socket and separate the tooth from the ligament holding it in place. While this procedure is typically very quick, it is important to share with your doctor any concerns or preferences for sedation.


Once a tooth has been removed, neighboring teeth may shift causing problems with chewing or with your jaw joint function. To avoid these complications, your dentist may recommend that you replace the extracted tooth.


You may rest assured that we take saving a tooth personally.  We refuse to take a healthy tooth out.  We do not like to take body parts out unless it is absolutely necessary. Even if it is completely flat with the gumline ,we can build the tooth up and place a restoration on it.  


Before you opt to have a tooth “pulled” call us for an examination.