Is the Tooth Worth Saving or Should You Get an Extraction?

You like your teeth. You’ve had them for most of your life and you’ve become quite attached to them…literally. When a tooth is cracked or if an abscess develops, then it can lead to severe pain, but you don’t always have to do an extraction.

It’s important to save your teeth if you can, so when should you have a tooth extracted and when should you try and save them? We’ll explain it to you, so you can make an educated decision.

Why Should You Save Your Tooth?

An extraction may sound like the easiest and at the time best alternative. You’re in pain and removing the tooth eliminates the pain. There may be times when saving the tooth isn’t an option, but your keeping your tooth has a lot of advantages if possible.

While dental implants have come a long way, they’re still not as strong as your regular teeth. The dental industry is always trying to improve upon existing technology and one day we might create an impact that’s as strong and functions just as good as natural teeth, but we’re not there yet.

There are even more issues if you choose to remove the tooth and not have an implant. The gap can cause surrounding teeth to shift and cause bite and alignment issues. If the tooth is in a visible smile area, then it can lead to a loss in self-confidence. No one should ever be ashamed of their smiles, so keeping the tooth is always the best options if available.

How Dentists Can Save Your Tooth

If there is a problem with the tooth and there is a possibility of extraction always ask if a root canal is possible to save it. We’ll give you our honest opinion on what we think is best. In a root canal, we clean and disinfect the inside of the tooth to eliminate infection.

We fill it with a strengthening substance and place a crown over so it can function normally. The root canal can help save the tooth and eliminate the problem. There is no guarantee that the infection won’t occur again in the future or it won’t develop a cavity, later on, that will further degrade the tooth.

We’re here for you at A Lifetime of Smiles

If you’ve been to a dentist that requested an extraction or would prefer to have a second opinion and see if your tooth can be saved, please feel free to contact us at A Lifetime of Smiles and schedule an appointment.