Tooth fillings and root canal treatments can usually save a tooth that is experiencing decay. A dental crown can often restore a tooth that is broken or cracked. However, there may come a time when a restoration treatment is unable to save a tooth. When this happens, a tooth extraction and replacement may be the best option to help maintain oral health.
When Should I Get a Tooth Extracted?
While removing a tooth is not our first choice, it is recommended when the damaged or decayed tooth poses serious risk to your oral health. Some reasons for removing a tooth include, but are not limited to:
- Extreme infection
- Severe misalignment
- Substantial damage
What About Wisdom Teeth?
A patient’s third molars are also known as “wisdom teeth.” They usually arrive in the late teens, and sometimes they do not adversely affect oral health. However, if they begin to grow in horizontally, nearby teeth may be damaged, or a misalignment of the bite may form. They may also be “impacted,” meaning they do not grow in at all, remaining in the bone below the gum tissue. In cases like these, removing the teeth is recommended so good oral health can be maintained.
What Happens After A Tooth Is Removed?
Removing an infected tooth can help preserve your comfort, and oral and overall health. We recommend replacing an extracted tooth as soon as you can with a dental implant and crown to help restore your jaw’s natural function and to fill in any gaps in your smile.
Schedule a Tooth Extraction Today
Extracting a tooth may be the best way to help save your oral health from compounding dental issues. To schedule an appointment at Cleveland Family Dentistry, call our office in Cleveland, TX, today at (281) 592-1234. We also proudly serve the residents of Kingwood, New Caney, Conroe, and all surrounding communities.