Dentist medical toolsBy now you are probably familiar with the threat of dental decay and the manner in which it can affect a single tooth. In some situations, a structure might have fallen out due to decay or another concern such as physical injury, then subsequently replaced with a dental implant restoration to complete function. In other cases, however, the structure does not fall out and instead causes problems with surrounding teeth. In today’s blog, your Fort Worth, TX oral surgeon will take a look at what happens before the implant replacement stage and discuss why sometimes you need to have a tooth extracted.

Factors Affecting Your Oral Health

Growing up, we are told that brushing our teeth regularly is the way to achieve a lifelong grin. While there is truth to this statement, it is hardly the only step to consider when it comes to your oral health. In fact, multiple factors contribute to the degradation of your smile, including quality and frequency of preventive care at home, the effects of certain food and beverages have on your smile, and even presence of damage or trauma caused by physical injury.

Throughout life, one of the most common (and consistent) threats includes that of dental decay. This phenomenon is caused by harmful oral bacteria that have lived mostly protected within the grin, secreting harmful acids that eat away at your healthy natural structure. It often begins as a minor cavity, and if left untreated, can develop and spread until your entire structure becomes compromised. At this point, the next step is to consider what may be best for your health.

Extraction as the Final Solution

It goes without saying that the last thing you – or your dentist for that matter – wants is to remove any number of teeth with a dental extraction. After all, your adult teeth are permanent, meaning once they are gone, they are not coming back. When they become so severely infected that no restorative treatment can salvage them in addition to an increased risk of infecting surrounding structures, extraction may be the only viable solution. Your health is a top priority, and sometimes it takes sacrificing one structure to save the lot. For more information about this process, contact our team today.

The Importance of Replacement

While removal will certainly solve the problem of threat, it will also result in a compromise to your function. Indeed, routine tasks such as eating and speaking may become increasingly more difficult without one or several teeth, which is why recommend an implant restoration to replace the compromised tooth.

Schedule Your Consultation

Contact The Dental Implant Place in Fort Worth, TX by calling 817-560-0414 to learn more about the need for removing and replacing one or several teeth, and how our team can help.