Tooth extraction isn’t a particularly appealing prospect. The whole idea is to keep your teeth throughout your lifetime, so why would you voluntarily remove one of them? In some cases, the best course of action for your long-term oral health is to remove a damaged tooth. You should know, that in cases where extraction is necessary, your dentist can create a dental prosthetic for you that effectively replaces your missing tooth. By working with your dentist, you can put a plan in place to maintain your smile and preserve the function of your teeth — even after tooth extraction.
Extraction Makes Sense for Unsalvageable Teeth
When your tooth becomes infected with a cavity, your dentist will remove the infection a place a dental filling to restore the structure of the tooth. This is an effective way to save teeth from being destroyed by cavities. If the damage that your tooth suffers is too severe, a dental filling may not be able to save it. Extensive infection can rob a tooth of it’s structural stability entirely, making it unusable. In these cases, the best course of action may be to remove the tooth entirely and replace it with a sturdy dental prosthetic.
Leaving Vulnerable or Damaged Teeth in Your Mouth Can Create More Problems
If you choose not to take action with your vulnerable or damaged tooth, it could spell additional oral health issues for you. A damaged or partially broken tooth can poke and cut you, creating discomfort. Impacted teeth (like wisdom teeth) will continue trying to erupt, making your pain worse. A vulnerable tooth that has been compromised by infection may eventually break under continued wear. When there’s a problem with your teeth, you should always address it as soon as possible.
Dental Prosthetics Create a Life-Like Replacement
Don’t lose hope if you need to have a tooth extracted. Dental prosthetics can save your smile and the function of your bite. Whether you’re missing a single tooth, or an entire dental ridge-worth of teeth, there is a prosthetic option that can help. Options like dental implants can replace the structure and stability of a natural tooth. Dentures are an efficient way to replace an entire ridge of missing teeth. Dental bridges can replace a series of missing teeth by using the structure of your remaining natural teeth. Tooth extraction is just the beginning.
Find Oral Healthcare Options at Coppertop Family Dentistry
Your oral health is important. If one of your teeth is experiencing a problem, you should address it as soon as possible. If that means extraction, Coppertop is here with dental prosthetic options for you. We’ll set you up with a plan to keep your smile in tact. Schedule an appointment at Coppertop Family Dentistry in Redmond, OR by calling the office at 541-923-5927.