Better Oral Health through Tooth Extraction
The dual goals of restorative dentistry treatment are to preserve your healthy tooth structure and to protect your oral health from progressive dental issues. Sometimes, however, protecting your oral health requires extracting a tooth rather than preserving it. Tooth extraction isn’t as common as other restorative measures, but when it becomes necessary, your dentist will suggest removing the tooth in order to restore your smile as soon as possible. Before recommending the procedure, your dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth and oral structures to ensure that it’s the best option. If so, then your dentist may also recommend replacing the tooth as soon as possible afterward.
Why Teeth Are Extracted
There are several different reasons why tooth extraction may be necessary. Among the most common are impacted wisdom teeth, or third molars that become impeded by the second set of molars. When a wisdom tooth becomes impacted, it can lead to increasing dental discomfort and problems such as tooth misalignment and damaged tooth structure. Extracting it may be the only way to stop these issues from progressing. Aside from impacted wisdom teeth, however, other reasons for tooth extraction include severe tooth damage and extensive tooth decay.
The Next Step in Restoring Your Smile
With the exception of impacted wisdom teeth, an extracted tooth can impact your oral health in a number of ways. The loss of the tooth can create an imbalance in your bite and allow nearby teeth to shift out of alignment. It can also increase your risks of experiencing tooth decay or gum disease and requiring extensive restorative treatment. Therefore, before performing tooth extraction, your dentist may include an appropriate tooth replacement in your treatment plan to help you avoid the consequences of tooth loss.
Ask Your Dentist About Tooth Extraction
When your tooth is beyond saving, extracting it may be the best way for your dentist to restore your smile. To find out if tooth extraction is a good idea for you, schedule a consultation by calling the 7Day Dental office closest to you! Our offices are located in Ft. Worth and Lake Worth, TX, and we welcome patients and their families who live in all of the surrounding DFW communities.