One of the most important benefits of keeping up with good dental hygiene and professional dental care is the ability to preserve all of your healthy, natural teeth. Unfortunately, tooth loss can occur for many different reasons, some of which are preventable and some of which are not. In some cases, the loss of a tooth results from having to extract it due to one of several potential reasons. For instance, if a tooth is impacted, severely damaged, extremely decayed, or lacks support due to gum disease, then extracting the tooth before it’s lost on its own could be a better option for your smile.

Tooth extraction is often a simple procedure

Tooth extraction isn’t a commonly recommended procedure because, in most cases, the preferable option is to restore a tooth and preserve its healthy structure. However, when tooth extraction is recommended, it’s often a simpler procedure than patients expect. Some of the reasons to extract a tooth include severe damage to its structure, or an extreme infection within its structure. While there may not be sufficient tooth structure to save, extracting the structure that remains is typically a simple procedure and can be accomplished in just a single visit.

It doesn’t mean you’ve failed your smile

For some teeth that need extraction, the need is the result of a progressive dental issue that has been allowed to grow more severe. This means the condition may have been addressed earlier, before tooth extraction became necessary, or that a previous restoration has failed and the condition has grown worse because of it. The good news is that tooth extraction doesn’t mean you’ve failed your smile and your oral health concern has won. In fact, after extracting the tooth, you still have a good chance of restoring and preserving your smile by replacing the extracted tooth as soon as possible.

You can restore most of the tooth’s function

One of the biggest concerns with tooth extraction is the fact that the tooth’s removal can have separate impacts on your oral health. The threat of the tooth will be removed, but to fully restore your smile, we may suggest replacing the tooth as soon as possible. For example, with a dental implant-supported crown, we can replace the tooth’s root and crown structure after it’s been extracted to restore the full function of your bite. This will also help you avoid the long-term consequences of extracting the tooth, such as increased risks of losing or having to extract more of your natural teeth in the future.

Restore your smile after tooth extraction

Needing to extract a tooth isn’t the end of your smile, but to preserve your oral health, it’s often important to replace the extracted tooth as soon as possible. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699.