Different oral health concerns can affect your teeth and oral tissues in many different ways. Yet, for many chronic oral health issues, one of the more severe consequences is losing one or more teeth to the condition. Sometimes, by the time patients seek treatment for their condition, extracting the tooth is the best way to proceed with saving their smiles. Today, we look at a few times when extracting a tooth is the best option, and why it might be necessary to save your smile from future troubles.

A wisdom tooth can’t erupt properly

Third molars are often called wisdom teeth because they don’t begin to erupt until young adulthood (usually between the ages of 17-25 years old). This makes them the last set of permanent teeth to develop, and for many people, there is little room left at the end of the dental ridges to accommodate them. The result is often wisdom tooth impaction, meaning the third molar becomes obstructed in its growth and development, and becomes impeded behind the nearby tooth or surrounding jawbone structure. When this occurs, extracting the wisdom tooth or teeth is the only way to prevent them from causing extensive damage and severe discomfort.

A tooth is so damaged it can’t be restored

Tooth damage can mean a variety of different things, such as excessive wearing down of the tooth structure, or a fracture or break in its crown or root. While many forms of tooth damage can be addressed conservatively with a custom-designed restoration, more severe forms of damage might make the tooth too weak to support such a treatment. To avoid the tooth become even more damaged and affecting the nearby oral tissues and jawbone structure, extracting and replacing the tooth could be the best solution for restoring your smile.

A tooth infection is too severe to save the tooth

Tooth infection, also known as tooth decay, is the most common oral health concern for patients of all ages, but it doesn’t typically lead to tooth loss or the need for extraction. This is largely because tooth decay is often treated in its mild or moderate stages, with a conservative tooth filling or root canal treatment (depending on its severity). However, in extreme cases of tooth decay, the infection can erode a majority of the tooth’s natural structure, and become so invasive that saving the tooth is no longer possible. Instead, extracting and replacing the tooth could be necessary to completely remove the infection from your oral health and restore your smile.

Learn if your tooth needs to be extracted

Not everyone has to have a tooth extracted, but in some cases, it can be the best way to prevent more serious complications for your oral health. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.