When you take consistently good care of your smile, you have a good chance of preserving all of your healthy, natural teeth. So, when your dentist tells you that you need tooth extraction, it might seem like you failed. However, the need for tooth extraction can occur for many different reasons, and even though it means the loss of your tooth, it doesn’t have to mean the end of your healthy, whole smile. At our Temecula, CA, dentist’s office, we can help you preserve your long-term oral health following tooth extraction by planning an appropriate treatment to replace the tooth as soon as possible afterward.

It really is necessary

Although the loss of a tooth can have a negative impact on your oral health, tooth extraction is typically recommended for situations in which the tooth’s presence is an even bigger threat. For example, impacted wisdom teeth are among the most frequently extracted teeth because they can damage your jawbone structure and surrounding teeth if left impacted. Severely decayed teeth might put the rest of your oral health at risk of complex oral health issues. Extreme tooth damage could cause a tooth to damage soft oral tissues and throw your bite off balance.

It doesn’t mean the end of your smile

Fortunately, the point of tooth extraction isn’t just to remove the threat to your oral health. In many cases, it also makes room for a lifelike, durable replacement. When a tooth is so compromised that it has to be extracted, it also can’t properly perform its duties of biting and chewing with full force. By replacing the tooth, we can help you regain your bite’s full function as well as your smile’s appearance to help optimize its long-term health and integrity.

How you replace the tooth matters

After a tooth is extracted, there are several different considerations to how it impacts your smile. One of the most important is the loss of your tooth’s root, which not only affects your smile and your remaining teeth, but also your supportive jawbone structure. A dental implant is a root-like post that can be inserted into your jawbone and topped with a highly lifelike dental crown. The implant post replaces your lost tooth root and the stimulation that your jawbone needs to remain strong and healthy.

Learn more about tooth extraction

Having to extract a tooth is a serious issue, but with personalized care and attention, you can minimize any negative impacts on your smile and oral health. Give us a call in Riverside, CA to 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:

Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.

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

Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.

Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.

Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.

Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.