Restoring your smile’s health and appearance can mean many things, depending on its specific needs. However, the goal of any smile restoration is typically to help you preserve as much healthy, natural tooth structure as possible. Sometimes, however, the good of your entire oral health can be threatened by a tooth that is too compromised to save.  Tooth extraction is rarely recommended as a restorative procedure, but when it’s necessary, it can be the most important way to preserve your healthy smile. Today, we explore how, and what you should consider if your dentist tells you that your tooth needs extracting.

Consider the need for tooth extraction

If your tooth becomes damaged or decay develops in its structure, there’s a good chance you can save it with the right restoration. If it becomes severe enough, however, then extracting it may only be the first part of saving your smile. The condition that leads to your need for tooth extraction is an important consideration, as extracting the tooth might not eliminate the entire threat to your oral health. For instance, in addition to extremely compromised teeth, you might need to extract a tooth that has lost its support due to severe gum disease and jawbone erosion, which can continue to impact your oral health long after the tooth is gone.

Consider the loss of your tooth

Regardless of the specific condition that leads to your need for tooth extraction, another important consideration is the loss of the tooth itself. Extracting the tooth may be necessary, but without it, the rest of your oral health will react, including your jawbone structure and your remaining healthy teeth. To avoid these reactions and further complications with your oral health, we might suggest replacing the tooth with a dental implant after it’s been extracted.

Consider replacing it the same day

After losing or extracting a tooth, the consequences to your oral health can begin almost immediately. The lack of support for the closest healthy teeth can cause them to shift out of balance, the lost root can diminish the stimulation in your jawbone, and much more. Restoring your smile also entails protecting it from these effects, which is why we often recommend replacing a tooth with a dental implant on the same day that we extract it. Known as same-day tooth extraction, the procedure allows you to benefit from extracting a troublesome tooth and rebuilding your smile with a lifelike implant all during a single visit.

Learn about the details of tooth extraction

If you have to undergo tooth extraction, then consider the importance of undergoing treatment as soon as possible, and replacing the tooth on 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.