For most dental health concerns, there’s often a custom-designed restoration that will suffice to restore and save a tooth. In fact, preserving your healthy, natural tooth structure is typically the goal in any restorative dental treatment. However, saving a tooth isn’t always possible, and in some severe cases, it’s best to extract the tooth and replace it with a dental implant restoration. This not only removes the threat that the tooth poses to your other teeth and oral structures, but also restores the tooth’s function and place in the rest of your smile.

When a dental restoration fails

For many teeth that require extraction, the underlying problem has been present for a while. This means that, for many people, they’ve already restored the tooth at some point. However, the restoration may have failed to protect the tooth, or failed in general, exposing the tooth to further harm or damage. A restoration failing could mean that the tooth is even more compromised by the time it’s addressed. If the damage has progressed far enough, then it may be best to extract the remaining tooth structure and replace it with a lifelike dental implant and crown.

When the tooth is too damaged for a restoration

While some teeth become more severely damaged when their restorations fail, others may be so damaged initially that restoring it isn’t possible. This can be the result of the tooth’s visible crown structure being so damaged that it can’t support a dental crown or other restoration. Or, it may be because the root of the tooth has fractured or broken, and no restoration is able to repair it. Attempting to restore a tooth that can’t be restored may allow it to become a bigger threat to your oral health, and the longer it remains, the more of an impact it can have on your bite function.

When the tooth interferes with your restoration

Sometimes, restoring your smile means more than just addressing one specific tooth, but several or all of them. More complex smile restoration takes your entire oral health, including all of your teeth and oral structures, into account. If a single tooth is too damaged, misaligned, impacted, or otherwise interferes with the restoration of your smile, then the most conservative option might be to extract it and replace it as part of your smile’s overall restoration. Dental implants, which are able to replace your lost teeth roots with lifelike posts, are often ideal for creating a more comprehensive solution for restoring your entire smile.

Learn more about extracting and replacing a tooth

In some cases, the best option for restoring your smile is to extract and replace a tooth that’s severely damaged or compromised. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.