Learning that you have to have a tooth extracted might not be a huge surprise, especially if the tooth has given you trouble for quite some time. However, simply extracting the tooth may not be all that you need to fully restore your smile. At our Silver City, NM, dental office, we not only extract troublesome teeth, but can also replace the extracted tooth to completely restore your smile’s optimal health and beautiful appearance.

Understand why extraction is necessary

Before planning to fully restore your smile, it’s important to understand why extracting a tooth is necessary to do so. For example, the tooth itself may be so damaged or compromised by tooth infection that even a custom-designed restoration can’t save it. Or, the tooth may not have enough support because the gums and jawbone around it have been eroded by severe gum disease. In many cases, a wisdom tooth becomes impacted and needs to be removed because of the trouble it causes your other teeth.

Take the next step of rebuilding your smile

After diagnosing the need for tooth extraction, the next step is to plan the procedure and decide what may be necessary afterward. If the tooth itself is compromised, then a lifelike tooth replacement may be all that’s necessary. However, if gum disease were the cause of your tooth extraction, then we may recommend appropriate periodontal care and maintenance to rebuild the supportive structures before replacing your extracted tooth.

What if it was a wisdom tooth?

If the tooth you need to extract is an impacted wisdom tooth, then you will not likely have to replace it. Wisdom teeth, or third molars, become impacted because there is little room on your dental ridges to accommodate them. Without them, you already have enough bite power to adequately chew and processes today’s foods. However, if your wisdom teeth have caused damage or other trouble for your remaining teeth, then you might need an appropriate restorative treatment to correct it after removing the impacted teeth.

Find out what to do after tooth extraction

The reason extraction is recommended is because a tooth can’t be restored. After it’s been removed, we can continue restoring your smile to its optimal health and appearance. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699.