When you lose a tooth, the most important thing you can do for your smile is to replace it as soon as possible. That’s because tooth loss can have a significant impact on your oral health if it isn’t addressed promptly, and that impact can potentially lead to more serious concerns with your oral health. When you have to have a tooth extracted, the effects of its loss can be the same, which is why we only recommend tooth extraction when it’s absolutely necessary.
There are several different reasons why tooth extraction may be recommended, most of which include severe damage, infection, misalignment, or other concerns with your tooth structure. Whether it’s from a severe fracture or break, internal infection in your tooth, or a tooth that has become severely misaligned or impacted, the concern is one that can also pose a threat to the rest of your oral health if it isn’t addressed. Because of the severe nature of the concern, extraction is necessary to remove the threat and allow us to restore your smile.
The reason tooth extraction is recommended over tooth restoration in certain cases is because the condition has become too severe for a dental restoration to fix. In the case of tooth damage, there may not be enough strong, healthy tooth structure remaining to save or to support a restoration. If the tooth is severely infected, the same may be true, on top of the threat of the infection spreading beyond the tooth’s structure. Attempting to restore the tooth may give the damage or decay enough time to cause more serious problems, and require more extensive treatment to address.
Once we’ve established the need to extract a tooth, it’s important to consider the impact that it will have on your oral health and plan accordingly. This impact stems mostly from the loss of your tooth, which will need to be addressed in order to restore your smile and bite function. Before recommending extraction, we’ll first perform a comprehensive examination to determine if your tooth can be saved. If not, we’ll plan your procedure to provide optimal results in a comfortable, conservative manner, and if necessary, plan on replacing the tooth as soon as possible for the good of your oral health.
The need for tooth extraction can be a big deal for your smile, especially if you ignore it. To learn if you really need tooth extraction, schedule an appointment by calling 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.