The most striking thing about tooth extraction is the fact that it involves choosing to remove your healthy, natural tooth structure. However, it’s important to note that tooth extraction is only recommended in severe circumstances, when the tooth itself poses a threat to the rest of your oral health. When this is the case, extracting the tooth is also the most effective way of avoiding more serious concerns with your oral health in the future. Today, we examine how extracting a compromised tooth helps you save the rest of your smile, especially if you replace the extracted tooth with a dental implant.

When extraction is the better option for the tooth

Most concerns with your healthy, natural tooth structure typically be addressed with a general or restorative dental treatment, such as a dental crown. This helps you save the remaining healthy structure of the tooth while also restoring its proper role in your oral health and bite function. However, some cases in which a tooth may need to be extracted include severe forms of such issues, such as an extreme fracture, significant break, or severe infection in your tooth structure. In extreme cases of tooth problems, removing and replacing the tooth could be the optimal solution for restoring your entire smile.

How this saves the rest of your oral health

The point of extracting a tooth is to stop an already serious tooth problem from getting worse and affecting more of your oral health. For example, if a tooth is so severely infected that tooth extraction is the preferable option for treating it, then there’s a risk that the infection can also impact the tissues and structures around the tooth. If the tooth structure is significantly damaged, then any jagged edges at the break can damage your soft oral tissues or the surrounding jawbone structure. Extracting the tooth eliminates the threat of it causing more concerns with your oral health.

What to do next to fully restore your smile

When your dentist or oral health specialist recommends tooth extraction, it’s often only part of the whole solution. Extracting the tooth will remove the threat that it poses to your smile, but it also means losing the tooth and having to deal with the consequences. To help you avoid that, your dentist may recommend replacing the tooth with a dental implant-supported dental crown, preferably on the same day that the tooth is extracted.

Learn more about the need for tooth extraction

Tooth extraction isn’t always necessary, but when it is, it could be the most effective way to preserve the rest of your healthy, natural smile. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.