Much of general dental care focuses on helping you protect your healthy, natural smile by preventing tooth loss or the need for extraction. Yet, incidences such as accidental trauma or uneven bite pressure can sometimes lead to severe tooth damage that can threaten a tooth and the rest of your oral health. In many cases, this can be addressed by fixing the tooth with a custom-designed restoration. However, if the tooth is severely damaged, then we may recommend extracting and replacing it at our Ft. Worth, TX, dental implant office.

Not all teeth break the same

When a tooth fractures or breaks, the typical solution isn’t usually to extract it and replace it. Tooth damage can occur to several degrees, ranging from a minor chip off the tooth’s edge to a significant portion of the tooth breaking off from the rest of its structure. The severity of the break largely determines the appropriate treatment, which is often a custom-designed dental crown being placed over it. For teeth that are significantly broken, however, there may not be enough tooth structure left to support the crown, or the root underneath the gums may be broken, as well.

When to consider extracting the tooth

If a tooth doesn’t have enough healthy structure remaining to support a custom dental crown, then the pressure of your bite would soon dislodge the restoration. If the root of your tooth is broken, there may be no restorative option that can successfully fix it. In cases where restoring a broken tooth isn’t possible, the next best option is to replace it and its root with a dental implant-supported crown. Extracting the tooth will remove the threat it can pose to the surrounding jawbone and oral tissues, and replacing it will restore your bite’s balance, function, and overall stability.

Why you should replace it the same day

When a tooth is damaged, addressing it as soon as possible is always the best option. After extracting a tooth, that’s even more so; its loss can have a negative impact on your oral health, jawbone integrity, and much more. At our office, we can help minimize these effects by performing same-day tooth extraction. Immediately after extracting your tooth, we can insert a biocompatible implant post to replace its lost root, then restore it with a temporary restoration while your jawbone heals.

Find out if you should replace a broken tooth

If your tooth is severely damaged, then extracting and replacing it might be the best option for restoring your smile. 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.