When a tooth becomes cracked or fractured, or a piece breaks off of its crown, you can often expect to save the tooth by having it fixed with custom-designed restorative treatment. While this is often the case even in instances of severe tooth damage, some types of concerns can leave a tooth so compromised that the best solution is to extract and replace it as soon as possible. Today, we examine a few types of tooth damage that might lead to a need for tooth extraction, and why it’s best to replace the tooth with the custom-made dental implant restoration.

Most or all of a tooth’s crown is broken

The crown of your tooth is the visible part that rests above the gum line, and it’s the main part of your entire tooth structure. This is also the part that most often becomes worn down or damaged, or develops decay due to excessive oral bacteria buildup. When your tooth’s crown is damaged, a custom-designed dental crown may be able to restore its strength and integrity and allow you to preserve the natural structure that remains. However, if most or all of the tooth’s natural crown has broken off or become significantly fractured, then it may not be sufficient to support a restorative dental crown enough to restore the tooth’s overall strength and integrity.

The root of the tooth is fractured or broken

While the crown of your tooth is the main part of its structure, the root of your tooth is what supports it. Your tooth’s root rests within a socket in the bone structure of your dental ridge and stabilizes your tooth’s crown as it bites and chews your food. Because the root isn’t accessible as the crown, any fracture or break in the root might be cause to extract the tooth. With a damaged root, the tooth won’t be able to sustain the pressure of your bite, and the damage could harm the surrounding bone structures and tissues around the tooth’s root.

Replacing the extracted tooth with an implant

If a tooth’s crown and/or root become so damaged that it can’t be successfully restored, then extracting the tooth may only be the first part of your restorative treatment plan. After removing the threat of the tooth causing any additional harm, the next step will be to restore the part of your oral health and bite function that are impacted by the loss of the tooth’s root and crown structure. For most patients, this means replacing the extracted tooth with a dental implant-supported crown, which offers your restorative crown the lifelike support of a post that replicates a healthy, natural tooth root.

Learn when to extract a damaged tooth

Most teeth that become damaged can often be restored, but if it’s severe enough to require extraction, then removing and replacing it as soon as possible could be vital to your long-term oral health. To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414.