Tooth extraction isn’t often included in the list of possible treatment alternatives that dentists discuss with their patients. Thanks to several important advancements in dental health treatment, most teeth can often be restored and saved, which is typically the preferable solution for your smile. On rare occasions, however, saving a compromised tooth and your oral health are not both possible. If the tooth can’t be successfully restored, it may have to be extracted before it can cause any collateral damage to the surrounding oral structures and tissues. With so many other options for restoring teeth, your dentist will usually only recommend tooth extraction if absolutely necessary, which you means you shouldn’t hesitate any further to seek treatment.
What it would take the save the tooth
Restoring a tooth that’s damaged, or that’s been afflicted with tooth decay, is usually preferable. No matter how advanced modern dental restorations become, they can’t perfectly mimic the natural stability, comfort, and function of your healthy, natural tooth structure. However, preservation is as important as restoration. If the tooth is compromised enough, restoring it could require completely capping the tooth with a lifelike dental crown. Yet, the dental crown will require enough healthy tooth structure to support it. If most of the tooth is damaged, then a crown may not be enough to restore it.
What it could mean if you wait much longer
Depending on the specific reason why your tooth needs to be extracted, the problem that calls for it will likely get worse the longer you wait. For some patients, a tooth has to be extracted because it’s been fractured or broken so thoroughly that it doesn’t have enough solid, healthy tooth structure to support a restoration. For others, a chronic condition like gum disease may have eroded the foundations around the tooth root, loosening the tooth and making it a threat to your bite function and oral health as long as it remains.
The necessity of replacing the extracted tooth
When tooth extraction is absolutely necessary, your dentist will still keep the goal of restoring and preserving your smile top of mind. This means extracting the tooth only to remove the threat that it poses to the rest of your oral health, with maximum care not to harm the surrounding bone structure, oral tissues, or teeth. To fully restore your smile, you may also have to replace the extracted tooth as soon as possible.
Find out if tooth extraction is necessary
Tooth extraction isn’t often necessary, but when in some cases, it could be the only way to avoid more serious oral health complications (provided you replace the extracted tooth). 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.