Extracting a Tooth to Restore Your Smile
When you seek restorative treatment, the goal is typically to save your tooth and fortify its structural integrity. However, there may be times when a tooth can’t be successfully saved, and for the good of the rest of your smile, extracting the tooth may be your best option. We only recommend tooth extraction when it’s absolutely necessary, such as in cases of extreme tooth decay or damage that makes it impossible to restore the tooth.
When to consider tooth extraction
- Severe tooth decay – Tooth decay is often treatable with a conservative tooth filling or, in severe cases, root canal therapy. In extreme cases, though, neither solution may be enough, and extracting the tooth may be the best way to protect the rest of your smile. After extraction, we may suggest replacing the tooth to restore your bite’s balance and function.
- Extreme tooth damage – Much like tooth decay, tooth damage is often highly treatment. For instance, a dental crown can often be placed over a significantly fractured or broken tooth to stop it from experiencing further damage and restore your bite’s ability to function properly. If the tooth is too damaged to save even with a crown, then extracting and replacing the tooth may be the best option.
- Impacted wisdom teeth – Impacted wisdom teeth, or third molars, are among the most commonly extracted teeth. Impaction occurs when the third molar doesn’t have enough room to fully erupt along your dental ridge. The pain and discomfort from an impacted wisdom tooth can be severe, and may only be alleviated by removing the impacted tooth.
Find out if extraction is your tooth’s best option
Sometimes, extracting your tooth is the best way to restore the health, appearance, and function of your smile. To learn more about the benefits of tooth extraction, or to schedule a visit, call us at the Pecan Tree Dental office in Grand Prairie, TX, today at (972) 262-5111. We also proudly serve the residents of Arlington, Cedar Hill, Mansfield, and all surrounding communities.