There’s a lot more to tooth extraction than many people who need it may realize at first. For example, the procedure means that you’ll lose a tooth, which is typically considered a bad thing. Yet, it’s necessary because the tooth has become so compromised that it’s more of a threat than a benefit to your oral health. On top of the necessity of the treatment, tooth extraction also comes with several important considerations. For instance, it matters why the tooth needs to be extracted, and what you should do to address the loss of your tooth once it’s gone.
Waiting can make your problems worse
Given the unique nature of the need for tooth extraction, you may want to take some time to consider it before undergoing the procedure. While this can help you grow more comfortable with the idea, waiting too long can also cause the underlying problem to get worse. The specific threats this can cause your oral health depend on the specific condition of your tooth. For instance, if it has lost support because of severe gum disease, then the disease could affect the supportive structures around more teeth by the time you seek treatment. If the tooth is extremely infected, the infection may cause more complicated concerns with your oral health.
Your treatment doesn’t stop at tooth extraction
Because tooth extraction is typically caused by a serious underlying oral health condition, your overall oral health treatment may not stop at extracting the tooth. Removing it may remove an immediate threat to your oral health, but if you have gum disease or another tooth has become infected, then restoring your smile will require further treatment to protect it from progressive issues. For most extracted teeth, treatment may also include a custom-made, dental implant-supported replacement to fully restore your smile.
There’s a way to replace all of the tooth structure
Replacing your extracted tooth helps alleviate the concerns that come with losing the tooth in the first place. Those concerns differ regarding each part of your lost tooth structure. For instance, the crown of a tooth, which rests above the gum line, is the part that fills out your smile’s appearance and is responsible for biting and chewing. The root of your tooth, which is below the gum line, stabilizes the tooth and stimulates your jawbone structure. To fully restore your smile, we often recommend dental implants because they replace both the root and the crown of your extracted tooth, preserving more of the tooth’s natural structure and vital functions.
Learn what you should know about tooth extraction
If your tooth needs to be extracted, there are things you should know, such as why it’s important and what you should do for your smile 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.