For most potential problems that could impact your healthy, natural teeth, the best way to address them is typically the way that allows you to preserve most of your healthy, natural structure. This can sometimes make it confusing when a condition is so severe that your dentist recommends extracting the rest of your tooth structure, instead. Tooth extraction is typically reserved as a last resort option, when a tooth becomes so compromised that its loss is inevitable. Choosing to extract the tooth before it falls out, and before it can cause any collateral damage to your oral tissues, could be the best idea for restoring and preserving the rest of your smile.
When the tooth’s restoration fails
Many people will have to address at least one kind of concern with the health and integrity of their teeth at some point in their lives. This may be a case of tooth decay, which involves the chronic erosion of your tooth’s healthy, natural structure, tissues, nerves, and more. Or, it may be some form of damage to the tooth, such as a chip or fracture in its structure. With modern restorative dental treatment, patients can often address such concerns effectively, preventing their teeth from suffering more damage or, in worst-case scenarios, being lost. However, if a dental restoration fails, then the tooth could become significantly more compromised by the time you notice it, and extracting the tooth might become necessary.
When most of the tooth breaks off
A broken tooth isn’t always a reason to extract the tooth. Comprehensive dental restorations, such as complete dental crowns, can restore teeth that have substantial levels of damage, including large pieces broken off of them. However, if enough of the tooth’s natural structure breaks, then there may not be enough undamaged structure remaining to support a dental crown, or any other custom restoration. While the tooth can’t be repaired, its presence can negatively impact the teeth and oral tissues around it. To prevent this, your dentist can recommend extracting what remains of the tooth’s structure and replacing all of the tooth with a lifelike restoration.
When the tooth’s root is fractured
Unlike the crown of your tooth, which rests above the gum line, the tooth’s root is secured by your jawbone structure, where its mostly inaccessible. Also unlike the crown of your tooth, damage to the root, such as a fracture or break, can’t be easily repaired with a dental crown or other restoration. A damaged tooth root not only lessens the tooth’s structural integrity, but can also pose a threat to the jawbone structure and oral tissues that surround it. Through careful surgical tooth extraction, your dentist can remove the tooth and its root in order to replace it and restore your bite’s function.
Learn more about tooth extraction
Though it isn’t as common as most other restorative dental treatments, tooth extraction may be necessary in some severe oral health circumstances. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699.