When most people consider replacing a tooth, it’s because the tooth has already been lost. That’s largely because most tooth concerns can be successfully addressed with the right restorative dental treatment. However, in some severe cases, a tooth that hasn’t been lost yet can pose such a threat to the rest of your oral health that extracting and replacing it is the best way to restore your smile. At our Ft. Worth, TX, dental office, we can help you determine if saving your smile should include extracting and replacing a tooth with a durable and lifelike implant restoration.

You’ve already tried restoring the tooth

If you have a tooth that’s been affected by decay or has suffered structural damage, and have had the tooth restored, then you should be able to retain the healthy tooth structure for life. However, if the restoration fails, then the decay and/or damage to your tooth can grow much worse by the time you realize it or seek treatment for it. In severe cases of tooth decay, the infection can become a threat to nearby oral tissues and teeth. A severely damaged tooth might cause damage to soft oral tissues while also throwing your bite off balance (and causing severe discomfort). Extracting the tooth may be necessary if the condition becomes severe enough after the failure of your previous restoration.

The tooth’s position is a problem

Extreme tooth damage or infection are common reasons for requiring tooth extraction, but they aren’t the only concerns that can render a tooth beyond saving. For example, some teeth may be positioned in a way that threatens your other teeth and oral structures, and restoring them isn’t a viable option. Impacted wisdom teeth, or third molars, are a frequent example of positioning problems. The molars may become impacted within the jawbone, causing a host of symptoms that includes severe tooth and jawbone discomfort, damage to nearby teeth, and more.

The tooth has become too loose

The most common cause of adult tooth loss is gum disease, which affects the gums and jawbone structure that support your teeth. The disease erodes these structures until they’re no longer able to support all of your teeth properly, leading to the loss of one or more of them. As gum disease and the destruction it causes grow worse, you may notice your teeth becoming increasingly more loose. When it becomes obvious, the disease may have caused enough damage that the best solution for restoring your smile is to extract the tooth, fortify the jawbone structure, and replace the tooth with a dental implant.

Find out if you should extract your tooth

In some severe cases, replacing a tooth might be the best thing for your smile, even if it hasn’t been lost yet. 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.