Some dental treatments are common because they address common dental health concerns. For example, professional cleaning is something that everyone needs at least twice a year, so it’s the most popular of all dental services. Other treatments are less frequently recommended because the specific concerns they’re meant to address are much less common. For example, tooth extraction isn’t something that everyone will need, and some people may never have to consider it. However, if the need for tooth extraction arises, then it’s important to consider why, and to seek treatment as soon as possible to stop the problem from becoming even more serious.
The problem with your tooth
Tooth extraction isn’t a routine procedure designed to address a specific problem with your tooth, like many other restorative dental treatments are. On the contrary, tooth extraction is often the last resort for protecting the rest of your oral health from a tooth that can’t be saved, and instead has become a threat to your oral health. This can result from a number of potential reasons, including:
- Severe damage to a tooth’s crown structure
- A fracture or break in the tooth’s root
- Internal infection that has eroded most of the tooth
- And more
The plan for after it’s gone
Depending on the specific problem with your tooth, extracting it can benefit your smile and oral health in several ways. However, removing the threat is only half of the solution; the other being restoring your smile’s appearance and bite function now that the tooth is gone. This is one reason why it’s preferable to restore and preserve a tooth’s natural, healthy structure as soon as possible. Extracting it may be necessary in severe cases, but the loss of the tooth can still have negative consequences for other aspects of your oral health. To mitigate those consequences, we can suggest a plan to replace your lost tooth as soon as possible.
The importance of not hesitating
For many people who need tooth extraction, the need arises because of a problem that is allowed to progress and become more severe. Hesitating can allow most oral health concerns to grow worse, especially those that directly compromise your tooth structure. By the time extracting the tooth becomes necessary, the problem has become so severe that saving the tooth is no longer an option. Waiting any further can expose the rest of your healthy, natural teeth, oral tissues, and structures to further harm and complications.
Learn if you should consider tooth extraction
If your tooth is in bad enough condition, then you may want to consider extracting it to make room for a more durable and highly lifelike replacement. To schedule an appointment, call Yelena Popkova D.D.S. in Merrimack, NH, today at 603-595-9400. We also serve the residents of Nashua, Hudson, Manchester, Milford, and all surrounding communities.