Sometimes, a tooth is so damaged or infected that it can no longer perform its duties as a tooth (i.e., helping you bite and chew your food) and it can’t be effectively restored. When this occurs, extracting the tooth is often preferable, as removing the compromised tooth can also remove the threat that it poses to your oral health. However, extracting a tooth means losing a tooth. At our Ft. Worth, TX, office, our goal is to fully restore your smile’s health, function, and appearance. That means, following tooth extraction, we often recommend placing a dental implant and restoration in place of the missing tooth to rebuild your smile.

Why your tooth needs to be extracted

Before deciding to replace your extracted tooth with a dental implant, it’s important to consider why your tooth was extracted in the first place. For example, if the tooth is a third molar (or wisdom tooth) that has become impacted, then replacing it may not be necessary. Third molars are often problematic due to spacing and crowding issues, and you can typically remove them without negatively impacting your bite. However, if the tooth isn’t a third molar and is extracted due to an issues like severe decay or damage, then replacing the tooth after its extraction could be vital to preserving your healthy smile.

The importance of replacing it

Aside from impacted wisdom teeth, the rest of your teeth each plays an important role in balancing your bite pressure and supporting each other as you bite and chew. For this reason, extracting a tooth can have an impact on your long-term oral health and bite function, and replacing it as soon as possible is the best way to minimize that impact. For instance, by placing a dental implant in place of the extracted tooth’s root, we can help you minimize any jawbone loss resulting from the extraction.

What same-day tooth extraction means

At our office, we combine our extensive dental implant experience with an array of advanced in-house technologies that allow us to extract your tooth and replace it with a dental implant the same day. When a tooth root is lost, the jawbone structure that surrounded and protected it can begin to resorb (shrink) due to lack of stimulation. Placing a dental implant post in your jawbone the same day that the tooth is extracted can help you minimize or prevent this, thereby reducing your risks of losing more teeth in the future.

Learn more about tooth extraction and implants

If you need a tooth extracted, then learn how we can remove it and replace it with a dental implant all in the same day. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414. We proudly serve the residents of Ft. Worth, Dallas, Southlake, and all surrounding communities.