In most situations, we want to do everything possible to help you restore your natural tooth. If there’s enough structure left, this process could mean performing a root canal and then protecting your tooth with a crown.
Unfortunately, that’s not always an option. Sometimes the best thing to do for your oral health is to take the tooth out. Extractions are usually recommended if we know your tooth has no possible or only a limited chance of being successfully restored.
Some of the more common examples of when we would recommend an extraction include:
- Severely decayed tooth
- Aggressive periodontal disease
- Pain or other emergency
- Significant fracturing or cracks
- Impacted wisdom teeth
Replacing Your Missing Tooth
Except in the instance of wisdom teeth, having a tooth removed can permanently alter the alignment of your overall bite. The extra space created often promotes shifting and movement throughout your mouth. As such, it’s best to replace your missing tooth as quickly as possible.
Some of the most common ways to restore your missing teeth include dental implants, removable partial denture or a fixed bridge. We’ll review each option with you so that you can feel prepared about the next stage of your oral therapy.
* Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.