Important Questions to Ask About Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction is one of those treatments that may not be your first choice, but may be your best option for restoring your smile. In many cases, it’s the only way to save your smile and prevent even further oral health complications. If your dentist recommends the procedure, then you can optimize your chances at preserving your healthy smile by making sure you understand the need for tooth extraction, and what you should do afterward.

Why can’t my tooth be saved?

With today’s advanced dental treatments and technology, teeth that have suffered varying degrees of damage or infection can still typically be saved with custom restorative treatment. However, if your tooth is so damaged that not enough healthy tooth structure remains to restore, or if internal infection destroys too much of the tooth, then extracting the replacing the tooth may be the better option for your overall oral health.

Will I need further treatment after tooth extraction?

Depending on the specific reason why your tooth needs extraction, removing your tooth may be all that you need to remove the threat. For instance, removing a severely damaged tooth eliminates the threat that the tooth might pose to nearby oral tissues. Yet, if your tooth is severely infected or gum disease has left it without enough support, then you may need additional treatment to restore your oral health.

Ask Your Dentist About the Need for Tooth Extraction

If you need tooth extraction, then your dentist will consult with you personally to discuss the need for it and what you should do next to preserve your smile. 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.