Do I Really Need to Extract My Tooth?

Tooth extraction isn’t something your dentist recommends lightly. In fact, because the procedure is designed to remove a tooth from your smile, it’s only recommended when absolutely necessary. That’s also why you shouldn’t hesitate if your dentist recommends it. For many patients in Southlake, TX, tooth extraction could be the last option for preserving the health and integrity of the teeth and oral tissues surrounding it. Before suggesting it, however, your dentist will first ensure that your tooth can’t be saved by any other means.

What Other Options Do I Have?

The need for tooth extraction can arise from several different reasons. For instance, if your tooth is severely infected or damaged, or if it’s impacted by other teeth, then extracting it could be necessary. In any case, the reason it’s necessary is because there are no other viable options for saving your tooth, and trying to will only give the compromised tooth time to grow worse and cause more trouble. The best alternative to tooth extraction is to take excellent care of your teeth and try to avoid the issues that often require it.

What Happens After Tooth Extraction?

While tooth extraction solves the immediate problem of removing a troublesome tooth, it also leaves the rest of your smile one tooth short. This could lead to a host of problems, including shifting teeth and diminished jawbone structure. To avoid these issues and fully restore your smile, your dentist may suggest replacing the extracted tooth as soon as possible, preferably with a dental implant and custom-designed dental crown.

Learn More About the Need for Tooth Extraction

When a tooth can’t be saved or restored, extracting it could be the only way to stop the tooth from negatively impacting the rest of your oral health. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Gregory Wright, DDS in Southlake, TX today at (817) 481-7999. We also proudly serve patients who live in Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities.