You only get one set of adult teeth, so taking care of your permanent teeth is incredibly important. When trauma or decay occurs, saving your natural teeth is always our first priority but sometimes severe decay, disease or infection can make extraction the best solution. When this happens, there’s no need to stress. A treatment plan which includes a replacement tooth in the form of a crown, bridge or dental implant to keep your teeth and bite aligned is the key to a successful extraction and a healthy mouth for life.
There are a few reasons that a tooth extraction may become the best treatment plan. If you have an accident or injury that injures the tooth severely enough, an extraction may be the only way to repair your mouth. If infection or decay becomes so severe that the tooth is unsaveable, an extraction may become necessary in this scenario as well.
Extracting a natural tooth, no matter the reason, should always be seen as a last resort. If you aren’t a patient of ours and your dental professional has recommended an extraction, we would be happy to see you for a second opinion. Sometimes, a root canal or other treatment method could save your natural tooth and help you avoid an unnecessary extraction.
Of course, after a tooth extraction or dental procedure of any kind you should follow the instructions give to you by your dentist or oral surgeon. But one of the most important things to consider after a tooth extraction is how to replace the missing tooth. Your other teeth will naturally begin to shift to close the gap created by the extracted tooth if an implant or other tooth replacement option is not utilized.
For more information on tooth extractions or to schedule a consultation for a second opinion, please call us today at 623-748-5162.