A dental extraction is generally recommended when tooth damage reaches the extent that it cannot be restored, or decayed to the point that it poses a threat to the rest of your oral health. Extraction may be recommended for wisdom teeth that are impacted and/or are causing severe discomfort. Even after a necessary extraction, the loss of your tooth may still impact your oral health in several ways if the tooth is not replaced. Therefore, before a tooth extraction, it is important to discuss with your dentist potential issues and your options for replacing your tooth afterward.
When a tooth is extracted or lost from your smile, the rest of your teeth will end up picking up the slack when you bite and chew. This can lead to an increased wear and tear on the rest of your teeth leading to possible tooth decay and damage. A lost tooth can also lead to a shift out of alignment for your remaining teeth, which can lead to increased risks of dental health issues. An extracted tooth can also lead to a deterioration of bone density in your jaw.
The empty void created by the lost tooth is one cause for the consequences of tooth loss. Another is the loss of your tooth’s roots, which is meant to support your tooth as well as stimulate your jawbone. If your smile qualifies, your dentist may suggest replacing your extracted tooth with a dental implant and crown, which replaces the root of your lost tooth as well as the portion above the gums. Extraction site preservation can also help to fortify the bone and tissue following an extraction.
Talk to Dr. Carmona about dental extraction and your oral health. To schedule a consultation with Austin Prosthodontics in Austin, TX, call 512-250-9444. We also proudly welcome patients from Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Leander, and all surrounding Texas communities.