Clarifying Some Things About Tooth Extraction

Being told that you need to extract a tooth can be disconcerting in a few different ways. For example, it means losing the tooth for good and dealing with the impacts of the loss. Also, depending on the reason why, you may also feel disheartened that your oral health has gotten to the point of needing tooth extraction. Fortunately, tooth extraction at our Redmond, OR, dental office is often a much simpler and comfortable treatment than patients expect, and having to undergo it doesn’t mean the end of your healthy smile.

The tooth’s presence is a threat

Tooth extraction isn’t a routine dental health treatment. Today, there are many different treatment options to help save teeth from a wide range of concerns, including potentially serious ones. However, there are cases when extracting a tooth is the best option for the rest of your oral health, mainly because the tooth’s presence poses a threat to your oral health. This may be because the tooth is extremely infected and cannot be saved, or is too severely damaged for a custom restoration to save it. In some cases, a tooth may directly threaten other teeth and oral structures because it has become impacted, such as a third molar (wisdom tooth).

Tooth extraction is usually the last resort

With so many different options available for saving and restoring teeth, you have a good chance of never needing tooth extraction if you seek treatment as soon as possible. The goal is always to preserve as much of your healthy, natural tooth structure as possible, which means we only recommend tooth extraction as a last resort for saving the rest of your smile. This also means that hesitating to seek treatment could leave your oral health vulnerable to increasingly more complicated concerns and the need for more extensive treatment.

Your treatment may not stop at extraction

The most important point of tooth extraction is to remove the threat that your severely compromised tooth poses. However, the reason why it’s a last resort is because losing a tooth also has consequences for your smile, and your treatment should include a method for addressing the loss. In many cases, the most appropriate solution for addressing tooth loss is with the help of a dental implant, which addresses the loss of your tooth’s root as well its visible crown structure.

Find out if you need tooth extraction

If you need tooth extraction, then it’s best not to hesitate. For more information about the procedure and how it helps us restore your smile, schedule a consultation by calling Coppertop Family Dentistry in Redmond, OR, today at 541-923-5927.