When a tooth exhibits a problem that’s so severe it becomes a threat to the rest of your oral health, extracting it may be an appropriate solution for avoiding more severe complications. However, your smile, oral health, and bite function rely on both of your dental ridges having a full set of teeth to balance out your bite. Today, we explain why most teeth that need to be extracted also need to be replaced, and why performing both procedures on the same day could be the best thing for your smile and oral health.

The reason tooth extraction is a last resort

Extracting a tooth isn’t generally the first recommended treatment option for common dental concerns. Typically, your dentist will prefer restoring the tooth so you can preserve the healthy, natural structure that remains. Not only is your healthy tooth structure more durable and resilient than a manmade restoration, but restoring a tooth is also less complex than replacing a tooth altogether. However, when tooth extraction is recommended, it’s best to remove the tooth as soon as possible, and in most cases, to replace it with a lifelike, dental implant-supported restoration.

How replacing the tooth resolves the problem

Once a severely compromised tooth is extracted, any symptoms you experienced as a result of the tooth’s concern will be alleviated. For instance, you’ll no longer have to suffer the toothache that may have resulted from the damage, or any discomfort from damaged parts of the tooth scraping against your oral tissues. However, your remaining teeth, jawbone structure, and more will be affected by the loss, and if the tooth isn’t replaced, you may experience heightened risks of developing other oral health concerns in the future. To avoid this, we can recommend replacing the extracted tooth on the same day, with a custom-designed dental implant restoration.

Are there teeth that don’t need to be replaced?

Though most teeth should be replaced to restore your good oral health and bite function, the same isn’t true for all extracted teeth. For example, third molars (or wisdom teeth) often require extraction due to complications resulting from lack of adequate space. Because you don’t need a third set of molars for your bite to function properly, extracting them doesn’t usually require replacing them.

Learn more about replacing your extracted tooth

Extracting a tooth might be the best way to prevent it from causing more problems. However, replacing the extracted tooth is necessary for fully restoring your smile’s health and integrity. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.