Most situations that can compromise a tooth’s heath and integrity are things that can often be addressed successfully. Thanks to modern dental treatment, that means more people are able to avoid tooth loss by restoring compromised teeth than ever before. However, natural teeth can’t always be saved, and in some circumstances, the best thing for the rest of your oral health is to remove a compromised tooth and replace it with a lifelike restoration. To help you determine if tooth extraction should be on the table, we examine a few instances when it could be recommended, and what it could mean for your smile’s overall restoration.

Teeth that can’t be restored or saved

The need for tooth extraction typically stems from a severe oral health concern, but that concern can be different for everyone. For example, some people may need to extract one or more third molars (wisdom teeth) because they’ve become impacted and are causing problems with their oral structures. Others may experience severe levels of tooth damage or decay that have compromised so much of the tooth’s structure that it can’t be restored. In each case, however, the deciding factor is the fact that the tooth can’t be saved, and can put the rest of your teeth and oral structures at risk if it isn’t removed promptly.

Taking the need for tooth extraction seriously

When your dentist or oral health specialist recommends extracting a tooth, it’s important to realize the significance of the suggestion. Extracting a tooth is only recommended when it’s too severely compromised to save, which means its presence will continue to put the rest of your smile at risk. Extracting a tooth as soon as possible is the most effective way of mitigating any additional threats to your oral tissues and structures, and minimizing the need for additional treatment after the tooth has been extracted.

The next step after tooth extraction

The main reason extracting a tooth isn’t recommended for every type of tooth problem is because losing the tooth’s natural structure can cause an entirely different set of concerns for your oral health. Tooth loss affects almost every aspect of your oral health, even if it occurs because you deliberately extract the tooth. To successfully restore and preserve your smile, we can recommend same-day tooth extraction, which involves removing the compromised tooth and replacing it with a dental implant restoration during the same visit.

Learn if you should consider tooth extraction

Choosing to extract a tooth can be a tough choice, but when necessary, it can be an essential step in restoring and preserving your smile. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.