Teeth model with dental floss and forceps on white surfaceFor many, adult tooth loss is a concept that is often regarded without much thought, as brushing and flossing at home is enough to suffice and result in a lifelong smile, right? Not necessarily. In fact, a number of adults experience loss due to a variety of concerns, including decay and infection. What’s more, making sure to replace a missing structure is just as, if not more, important. But what exactly signifies that it is time to part ways with a compromised tooth? In today’s blog, your Fort Worth, TX Oral Surgeon will look at circumstances that warrant removal and how our team can assist.

Restorations Won’t Work

Most of the time, the biggest contributors to compromised teeth include a combination of decay or infection and time. For example, decay is one of the biggest threats to your oral health, and is brought on by harmful oral bacteria that nest in a hard-to-reach area of the mouth where they can thrive and grow. When this occurs, they will begin to break down your oral structures, eventually causing the foundation to weaken and cause a hole or cavity to form. If addressed early on, your dentist can easily remove the decayed portions and fill the cavity with a composite resin filling, reinforcing your teeth and providing a lifelike appearance. If you wait too long, however, the damage will continue to spread and delve deeper into a tooth until a simple filling restoration will no longer suffice. From here, your dentist will seek a more extensive treatment such as a root canal procedure to remove infection from the inside. Once again, however, if you wait too long, the damage accrued will become so great that the only viable option left will be extraction.

The Spread of Infection

Unlike other concerns, threats to your oral health will never stop occurring or spreading just because you choose to ignore it, and in fact will cause the need for more extensive treatment down the line. Once a structure becomes compromised beyond repair, the only logical course to take next is to extract it in order to prevent surrounding teeth from becoming affected. Keep in mind though that once a diseased structure is gone, the disease may still remain, posing a threat to surrounding teeth as well as impacting your bite. 

Replacing Your Tooth

While removing a threatening structure when no other method will work is an excellent step to preserving your oral health, bear in mind that it is only the first step. Your dentist will likely recommend replacing the tooth with an implant restoration in order to best protect your smile. For more information, contact our team.

Learn More Today

To learn more about the need to remove a tooth or to schedule your free consultation with our team, contact The Dental Implant Place in Fort Worth, TX by calling 817-560-0414 today.