After a tooth has been seriously damaged by decay, a fracture, or periodontal disease, your choices are limited.
Some alternatives might be:
- Saving a tooth with root canal therapy and a crown.
- Saving a tooth with a surgical procedure, such as bone grafting.
- Delaying treatment.
- Removing a tooth that cannot be saved.
Removing the tooth
Sometimes the damage to a tooth is so extensive that the tooth cannot be saved. If this is the case with your tooth, we will recommend an extraction to help you maintain your oral and overall health.
If we must remove a tooth, we recommend replacing it to preserve the jawbone and stabilize the bite. There are a variety of options for replacing teeth, so we’ll talk with you about the best ones for you!
Delaying treatment is a risky alternative because the problem will only get worse. If bone has been lost around the tooth, you’ll lose more bone. If the tooth has an untreated crack, the crack can grow and break the tooth, leading to pain and possibly infection. If the tooth is decayed, the decay will continue to advance as well and allow bacteria to infect the nerve and jawbone. Delaying treatment also can let infection spread to other teeth, your jaw and the rest of your body. In some cases, your life can be threatened by infections in the jaw.