At Springfield Family Dental, Dr. Syed and our team are committed to helping you keep your smile healthy for a lifetime. But sometimes, the best thing for your oral health is to have a problematic tooth (or teeth) extracted.
Reasons for Removing a Tooth
If you’re weighing the pros and cons of a dental extraction, here are some instances where getting a tooth pulled may be the best answer.
Usually, we only recommend pulling a tooth if it can’t be restored. When options such as crowns, root canal treatment, or periodontal therapy are not effective, tooth removal can serve as a bridge to eliminating pain and infection (before it impacts surrounding teeth.)
Extracting teeth can remove the source of bacteria, improving the chances of keeping your neighboring teeth healthy.
Something to Keep in Mind
Getting a tooth extracted isn’t a “one and done” solution to all of your dental woes. It’s actually the first step in rehabilitating your smile. After your tooth is removed, our Springfield dentist will need to replace it within a timely manner. Doing so helps preserve natural tooth spacing and alignment, so that your overall bite doesn’t shift over time (including your opposing teeth.) Dr. Syed might recommend a bridge, dental implant, or partial denture.
How to Tell if a Tooth Needs to be Pulled
During your exam at Springfield Family Dental, we’ll take an X-ray of your entire tooth, including the root, to see what’s going on in and around it. Depending on the extent of root damage and bone support, we will be able to tell if it’s better to try to repair your tooth or remove it. Think you need a tooth extraction? Call Springfield Family Dental today to request an exam and consultation.