Restoring a tooth that’s been damaged or has been affected by decay is often simpler than patients expect. For example, cavities that seem severe due to the discomfort they cause can often be successfully treated with minimally invasive treatment, such as a tooth-colored filling. However, not every case of a compromised tooth can be addressed in a way that helps you preserve and retain the tooth structure. In some severe cases, the only way to resolve the problem is to extract the tooth.
Why your dentist would suggest extracting a tooth
Tooth extraction is the deliberate removal of your natural tooth structure, which typically, you should avoid losing by taking proper care of your teeth. Therefore, it’s only recommended when absolutely necessary because the tooth cannot be saved. For instance, common reasons for needing tooth extraction include a wisdom tooth that’s become impacted, or a tooth that has lost a significant portion of its structure. The point of extracting the tooth is to stop it from causing any further complications with your other teeth and/or the surrounding oral tissues and bone structure.
Why it’s important not to hesitate longer
When a tooth is so severely compromised that extracting it is the best option, it means the tooth itself may be a threat to the rest of your oral health, as well. If the tooth is an impacted third molar, then its continued growth can lead to severe discomfort and potential damage to nearby molars. Extremely damaged teeth may cause harm to the oral tissues near it, and severe tooth infection can cause complications beyond the tooth structure if it remains long enough. Because time is of the essence, it’s important not to wait much longer if your dentist recommends tooth extraction as the best course of action.
Why you should plan on replacing the tooth afterward
For most teeth that require extraction (except for wisdom teeth), it’s often preferable to plan on replacing the tooth as soon as possible after it’s been extracted. The removal of the compromised tooth can stop it from leading to further complications, but the loss of the tooth can also impact your oral health. The sooner you replace the tooth, preferably with a dental implant, the better you can prevent the tooth’s absence from negatively impacting your long-term oral health.
Learn if tooth extraction is the right option
In cases when a tooth is severely compromised, extracting it could be the best way to resolve it and restore your healthy smile. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling MMC Dental in Houston, TX, today at (713) 926-8896.