When It’s Time to Extract a Tooth
If you seek restorative treatment in time for most dental health issues, you have a good chance at preventing tooth loss and preserving your healthy, natural smile for life. If you do lose a tooth, then you can still protect your smile by replacing it as soon as possible. However, in some cases, we may recommend extracting a tooth before it’s lost in order to minimize the damage it may cause to the rest of your oral health. In such cases, we’ll ensure that there is no other option for saving your tooth first, as well as discuss your options for replacing the extracted tooth and completing your smile’s restoration.
Why We Recommend Tooth Extraction
- Impacted wisdom teeth – An impacted wisdom tooth is a third molar that has become obstructed within your jawbone. This obstruction causes the tooth to change direction and try to erupt at an angle, instead of straight up and down. This can lead to intense discomfort and several negative consequences for your oral health, all of which can be mitigated by extracting the impacted tooth/teeth.
- Severely damaged teeth – When a tooth is fractured or broken, the most common solution is to fix it with a custom restoration, such as dental crown. However, if the tooth is too damaged to accommodate the crown, or if the tooth’s root has been fractured, then extracting it may be necessary. Afterward, we can suggest replacing the tooth with a custom, lifelike restoration such as a dental bridge or implant-supported crown.
- Extremely decayed teeth – Much like a damaged tooth, one that’s been afflicted with tooth decay can also usually be saved and restored with the right treatment. However, severe cases of tooth decay can destroy an extensive amount of your tooth and risk the health of surrounding teeth and oral tissues. By extracting the tooth, we can mitigate the threat, then replace the tooth with a custom restoration.
Learn More About Tooth Extraction
In severe cases, extracting a tooth so that we can replace it with a durable, lifelike restoration may be the best way to preserve the rest of your smile and oral health. When you’re ready to schedule a consultation, call our Ballard Neighborhood Dentist office in Seattle, WA, today at 206-789-2555. We also proudly serve the residents of Shoreline, Edmonds, Crown Hill, Loyal Heights, and all surrounding communities.