Why Tooth Extraction Is Only the First Part

The goal of keeping your smile healthy for life is to preserve your healthy, natural teeth. So, if your dentist tells you that you need to extract a tooth, then it can seem like you’ve failed in that goal. While some cases of tooth extraction can be prevented, others can’t (such as severe damage from accidental trauma). What’s more important is what you do after your tooth is removed. Extracting the tooth is only the first part of your smile’s restoration; the next step is to replace the tooth with a durable, lifelike prosthetic, such as a dental implant-supported crown.

Why Extract the Tooth?

Not every case of tooth extraction is the same. For many patients, the procedure is to remove an impacted wisdom tooth, in which case replacing it is not necessarily. Most other tooth extractions, however, are performed because a tooth is too damaged, infected, or otherwise compromised to perform its duties or to be restored. Extracting the tooth stops the issue from growing worse and makes way for your dentist to restore your smile’s appearance and the full function of your bite.

What’s Next?

For many patients, the most comprehensive tooth replacement is a dental implant post supporting a custom-designed, highly lifelike dental crown. In addition to maintaining your smile’s healthy appearance with the lifelike crown, the implant post also replenishes your jawbone by stimulating it to promote a healthy flow of nutrients. Losing your healthy tooth may have been necessary, but with a dental implant and crown, you can keep your jaw and smile healthy for life after tooth extraction.

Fully Restore Your Smile with Tooth Extraction and Replacement

Tooth extraction removes a threat to your oral health, while replacing the tooth completes the restoration of 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.