Like all dental treatments, tooth extraction is typically a customized procedure that your dentist only recommends when absolutely necessary. Because the treatment involves removing a tooth, however, it can be more complex than other procedures, and in many cases, require further treatment to restore and preserve the rest of your smile. Today, we examine a few things you should know about tooth extraction, including why your dentist might recommend it and what you should do next for optimal results.
When It’s Usually Necessary
The goal of restoring your smile isn’t just to improve it, but also to help you preserve your natural, healthy tooth structure and oral tissues. The only time tooth extraction is necessary is when the tooth can’t be preserved or saved, such as:
- A tooth that doesn’t have enough healthy structure left due to severe damage
- A tooth that is too severely infected to restore
- A tooth that is impacted by other teeth (such as wisdom teeth)
- A tooth that is severely crooked and interferes with orthodontic treatment
- A tooth with a fractured or broken root
How to Preserve Your Smile
Once your tooth is extracted, the threat to the rest of your oral health is removed. However, the loss of the tooth may still impact your bite’s function and your risks of developing a dental disease. To avoid these risks, your dentist may recommend replacing the tooth as part of your treatment plan, preferably with a highly lifelike, dental implant-supported crown. By replacing the root of your tooth as well as its visible crown, your dentist can help you avoid the consequences of extracting a tooth while rebuilding your smile with the most realistic tooth replacement.
Ask Your Dentist if Extraction Is Your Best Option
Tooth extraction can be an excellent way to save your smile from serious trouble, but your dentist will help you ensure it’s your best option before recommending the procedure. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of West Forest Lake, Kennedy, Lake Bluff, Skokie, Junction, and all surrounding communities.