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Answering Questions About Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction is one of the less common forms of restorative dentistry, and it grows less common the more people are able to save their smiles with customized restorations. However, there are still cases when extracting a tooth (and preferably replacing it) is a better option than trying to restore it. Usually, it’s when restoring it isn’t an option, and allowing the tooth to remain could pose a bigger threat to the rest of your oral health.

Why is it necessary?

Tooth extraction is most often necessary in cases where a tooth is too damaged, infected, or malpositioned to be saved. For instance, if your tooth is extremely decayed and root canal treatment won’t suffice, then extracting the tooth can stop the infection from spreading. Removing a severely damaged tooth can stop it from becoming infected, as well as prevent jagged edges from damaging soft oral tissues.

Do I have other options?

Your dentist doesn’t take removing a tooth lightly. Even though extraction may be necessary, it still involves the loss of your tooth, and therefore, your dentist will only recommend it when absolutely necessary. That means, once tooth extraction becomes required, you may not have any other options for your tooth except to wait for it to cause more serious oral health complications before falling out on its own.

What about the rest of my teeth?

Because the ultimate goal of tooth extraction is to preserve your smile, you dentist will likely recommend replacing your tooth as part of your treatment plan. After extraction, the right dental prosthesis can restore your bite’s full function, as well as your smile’s beautiful and healthy appearance.

Ask Your Dentist About Tooth Extraction

If you aren’t sure whether or not extracting your tooth is a good idea, then speak with your dentist for more answers about the procedure. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849. We proudly welcome patients and families from Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, Sealy, Columbus, and all surrounding communities.