Whenever possible, the preferable option for addressing any issue with your natural teeth is the one that helps you preserve as much of your healthy tooth structure as possible. For instance, if the tooth is cracked or develops a cavity, the restoring it as soon as possible can improve your chances of saving it. However, when a tooth is lost, the goal is to restore as much of the tooth structure and its functionality as possible with a lifelike replacement. The same is true for a tooth that can’t be saved, even if it still remains in place.

Irredeemable types of tooth damage

When a tooth can no longer function as it’s supposed to and the problem is too severe for a custom restoration to fix, the preferable solution may be to replace the tooth with a dental implant restoration. One of the problems that can lead to this level of dysfunction is severe, irredeemable tooth damage, which compromises the majority of your tooth’s healthy, natural structure. For example, if your tooth’s crown has most of its structure broken off, it may not support a restoration to fix it. If the tooth’s root is fractured, there may not be a way to restore the tooth to its proper heath and function.

Extreme cases of tooth erosion

Tooth erosion, a condition that’s often referred to as tooth decay, is the kind of problem that is usually treated before it becomes severe, but can progress much faster and more extensively than you might realize at first. The most common form of tooth decay is the mild to moderate stages that involve the formation of cavity in the tooth. However, the more serious form of the condition involves an intensive infection throughout the tooth’s inner nerves, tissues, and blood vessels. If the decay becomes severe enough, the tooth may become too eroded to function or to be saved with custom restorative treatment.

Crowding issues before teeth erupt

Some teeth can’t be saved because they never got the chance to fully develop and erupt in the first place. When spacing and crowding issues impact the alignment and spacing along your dental ridges, one or more teeth may become impacted during their development. This can occur with third molars, or wisdom teeth, more often than others, due mainly to the fact that third molars are the last set of teeth to erupt. When they become impacted, they can’t be saved and must be removed. However, unlike most other cases of severely compromised teeth, wisdom teeth don’t need replacement after being removed.

Learn if your tooth needs replacement

When a tooth can’t be saved, replacing it should include restoring all of the tooth’s vital functions, which can best be accomplished with help from a dental implant. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.