Tooth extraction isn’t usually the first option for treating a dental health issue, especially when the tooth still retains enough healthy tooth structure to be restored. Sometimes, however, a tooth may be so thoroughly compromised, or in such a precarious position, that extracting it is the most conservative and effective way to restore your smile. Before recommending tooth extraction at our Riverside, CA, dental office, we’ll ensure that you understand the importance of the procedure and how it benefits your long-term oral health.

Why it’s necessary now

Tooth extraction, or the complete removal of a tooth from within its socket, is typically recommended in cases when time is of the essence. For example, impacted wisdom teeth are extracted because of the continuing damage they cause to your jawbone and other teeth. Severely decayed teeth are extracted before the decay can spread further. In most cases, waiting can lead to more severe oral health complications and the need for more extensive treatment following the extraction or loss of the tooth.

Why it’s the last resort

Most issues that lead to the need for tooth extraction begin as less severe conditions (with the exception of wisdom teeth, which can become impacted before they even erupt). Issues such as tooth decay is often treated as mild to moderate cavities with the help of tooth-colored fillings. However, neglecting to treat such issues can allow them to grow worse. By the time your dentist recommends tooth extraction, it is because the condition has compromised too much of your natural tooth structure to save.

How it affects your smile

Another reason why tooth extraction is the last resort is because losing a tooth by any means can have a significant impact on the long-term health of your smile. Therefore, your dentist may include designing and placing an appropriate prosthesis as part of your treatment plan. In many cases, a dental implant-supported crown can stop the loss of the tooth’s root from affecting your jawbone’s strength and integrity, while also restoring your smile’s visible appearance and ability to function properly.

Learn if tooth extraction if necessary

Unlike most other dental treatment options, tooth extraction is often the only way to resolve severe complications with your tooth. To learn more, give us a call in Riverside, CA, and schedule a consultation with your dentist. We are proud to serve patients from Riverside, Temecula, Moreno Valley, Corona, and all surrounding California communities. To schedule an appointment, contact one of the following locations nearest to you:

 in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.

 in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.

 in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.

 in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.

 in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.

 in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.