Extracting Teeth that Threaten Your Smile
Tooth extraction isn’t our first choice for addressing teeth that are compromised. Our goal is to help you preserve your healthy, natural smile, and we have extensive experience in crafting custom restorations to save compromised teeth. However, in some cases, extracting a tooth and replacing it is the only option for preserving the rest of your oral health.
When Teeth Need to Be Extracted
There are several reasons why a tooth might need to be extracted. For example, some people develop wisdom teeth that become impacted and need to be removed before they cause serious damage to the surrounding jawbone structure. In other cases, we might suggest tooth extraction to address situations such as:
- An extremely infected tooth (when root canal treatment fails)
- A severely damaged tooth that can’t be saved with a crown
- A previously restored tooth whose restoration has failed
- A tooth with a fractured or broken root
- A severely crooked (misaligned) tooth
- And more
What to Do Afterward
When a wisdom tooth is removed, it doesn’t have to be replaced, but the removal of most other teeth can have a negative long-term impact on your smile. That’s why we only recommend tooth extraction when absolutely necessary, and it’s why we often suggest planning to replace the tooth as soon as possible after it’s been extracted. For example, a dental implant and crown may be the best way to restore your smile’s appearance, your bite function, and the stimulation of your lost tooth root to preserve your healthy smile for life.
Learn if Tooth Extraction Is Your Best Option
If your tooth can’t be saved, then we may suggest extracting and replacing it to eliminate the risk it might pose to the rest of your oral health. When you’re ready to schedule a consultation, call the office of Gregory Wright, DDS in Southlake, TX today at (817) 481-7999. We’ve proudly served the residents of Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities since 1992.