Tooth extraction isn’t usually a recommended solution for teeth that could be restored and saved. That’s because the preferable option is usually to preserve as much of your healthy, natural tooth structure as possible. Because of this, many patients don’t expect to be told that tooth extraction is the best way to save and preserve their smiles. However, in some cases, a tooth can be so compromised or ill-positioned that restoring it or saving it are no longer viable options. If you have to extract a tooth, then it’s best not to wait until it becomes even more compromised and potentially threatens the rest of your oral health.

Why the tooth can’t be saved

Though the need for tooth extraction is rarer than the need for other dental health treatments, there are several different conditions that can call for it. For example, extremely decayed teeth that no longer have enough healthy, natural tooth structure to restore can become a threat if the infection spreads beyond the tooth. A tooth that’s extremely damaged and can’t support a restoration, such as a dental crown, won’t be able to perform its functions of biting and chewing, and can cause damage to surrounding oral tissues. In such cases, saving your smile means removing the threat to your oral health, even if it means extracting the tooth itself.

Why extracting it now matters

Extracting a tooth serves the purpose of removing the threat it poses, which is why the procedure is necessary. However, time is also of the essence when tooth extraction is necessary. The underlying cause of why you need tooth extraction, whether it’s tooth infection, damage, or any other reason, will only grow worse if you allow it to. If your dentist or oral health specialist recommends tooth extraction, then it’s best to undergo the procedure as soon as possible to optimize your long-term oral health.

Why you should replace it, too

In addition to not wasting time removing the threat, tooth extraction should also include a plan to replace your extracted tooth as soon as possible. One of the reasons why tooth extraction is reserved for severe situations is because your tooth’s removal can impact the rest of your oral health, as well. In many cases, we’ll recommend planning to replace the extracted tooth with a dental implant and crown on the same that it’s extracted. This will minimize the time that space in your smile is vacant, and reduce the impacts that the loss can have on your oral health.

Learn if you need tooth extraction

If you need tooth extraction, then we can help ensure your smile benefits optimally by rebuilding your smile as soon as possible afterward. 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.